There were a couple things I wanted to do before leaving Apache Junction. One was going on a hike at the Superstition Mountains. Phil, sister Barbara, and "brother-in-law" Ron headed out last Sunday on a fairly cool day.
I was especially interested in what was blooming. The prickly pear cactus had lots of buds and quite a few blooms.
And another. Don't know what this is -
Or this. But they sure are pretty.
We even saw a few poppies!
But the highlight of the cactus blooms was the saguaro! A few are starting to bloom now.
And the bugs just love them! This photo was shot at 200mm with my Nikon DSLR (300mm in 35mm equivalent). And it was cropped a lot. And it's still pretty sharp!
Here's the reason - Ever since I got the Nikon D3100, I have wanted to get an all-purpose lens, the 18-200. I've been putting off the purchase, hoping for a better price, but Gaelyn got one and she made me bite the bullet! I love it! All of the pictures in this post (except this one, of course) were taken with this lens.