PhotoJeeping: Off Constellation Road

Covering more miles of dirt and desert.

Yesterday, Jack the Dog and I took my Jeep out on Constellation Road. It’s a dirt road that winds into the desert northeast of Wickenburg, past numerous mining sites. It was named for the town of Constellation, which is on many maps. But I’d driven and flown the area extensively and cannot find a trace of the town where it is supposed to be.

Off Constellation RoadPhotoJeeping is like photowalking, but done in a Jeep. Sure, you get out and do some hiking now and then, but most transportation is by Jeep or other 4WD vehicle. I covered 40 miles yesterday, roundtrip, in about five hours. I made stops at a number of mining sites and more than a few “scenic” areas near the road. And, for the first time ever, I drove all the way out to the Williams Family Ranch on the Hassayampa River.

Along the way, I took plenty of photos — more than 150, in fact — and a bit of video.

This is one of the last photos I took on the way back. The light was getting good but I was exhausted. I really didn’t think I’d get back as quick as I did, but wasn’t interesting in hanging around for the light to get even better. This spot is about 8 miles out of Wickenburg, right at the beginning of the hills.

Photo Info:
Camera: Nikon D80
Focal Length: 35mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Shutter Speed: 1/160
Lat/Lon: 43.04841° / -112.6031767°

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