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Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Shimmering red blossoms decorate a Sabino Canyon barrel cactus, the Santa Catalina Mountains providing a dramatic backdrop.
Kris Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Standing calf deep in Sabino Creek at the lip of Sabino Creek Dam, author Rick Metcalf enjoys the cooling effects of the creek and the views south with his sister-in-law Lisa.
Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Flowing at an unusually high 23.2 cubic feet per second, the tannin-tinted waters of Sabino Creek pour over the like-named dam.
Rick Metcalf/Special to The Explorer, Eerily similar to a lightning bolt, this jaggedly fractured boulder stands above the waters of Sabino Creek.