Sunday, March 17, 2013


Hiking into the Santan Mountains Regional Park in Arizona gave me a whole new appreciation for this desert biome. The area has seen unseasonally cold weather in the past few weeks which has delayed the vibrant riot of spring blooms which transform the desert into a floral show. In spite of the meagre show of flowers I was fascinated with the many cactus varieties, keeping my distance from their barbed spines.

Saguaro Cactus,
 the signature plant of the Sonoran Desert

Ocotillo Cactus

Buckhorn Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

Barrel Cactus


Mexican Gold Poppy

Fairy Duster

Hedgehog Cactus

Entertained by the Mockingbird

"How sweet it is to do nothing
                  and then rest awhile."
William H Peters
We are grateful to family who gave us an eventful week,
introducing us to the Snowbird lifestyle of AZ

A lovely oasis in the desert sun

1 comment:

edie said...

Great shots. Love the fairy duster.