Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Here It Is!

But first, a report on Boyce Thompson Arboreum, up the hill at Superior, AZ. I had been here before, but not when everything was blooming.

It's in a beautiful setting, with tall rocks surrounding the many trails.

It's a different kind of arboretum, filled with just arid land plants.

Of course, that means lots of cactus.

I don't know any of their names, but this one was especially beautiful.

This was a teeny little thing.

These big fat things weren't blooming, but were interesting.

And a pair of Lesser Goldfinches were having a drink.

None of the saguaros at the arboretum were blooming yet because they are at a higher altitude. But, on the way home I stopped off at my favorite saguaro down the street. Wow! It's blooming!

Unfortunately, it's about 40 feet in the air, and I had to take this picture from across the street.

This one was on the next block, and a little lower, but I'm still looking for one closser to the ground. I promise I'll find it! It's either that, or get a big ladder...


  1. beautiful ... and thanks for coming back with the promised blooming saguaro :-)

  2. Dont you love Desert Plants?? ITS just the coolest thing the way these things are so beautiful in such a harsh environment!! SO you finally got to see the Saguaros!! Fantastic--and IM so jealous of that lesser goldfinch shot is just awesome!!!!
    What a great spot!!!

  3. Great post and pixs.

  4. I can't believe we haven't been to the arboretum yet. That really needs to go on my list of places. The plants are beautiful.

  5. Sure enjoyed seeing all the cactus blossoms...and the bird pictures are amazing. Looks like a nice place.

  6. The Saguaros will be really pretty when more of the buds are in bloom. I love cactus blossoms. The plants are so tough, and their blossoms so delicate.

    Amazing photo of the Lesser goldfinches. :)

  7. Great flowers, but isn't it getting a little too hot down there? :)

  8. There is a dessert flower that blooms in the fall and boy does do a major number on me... I don't know what it's called but it comes out almost at night - white very pretty - has a strong scent. I so love you pictures... Wish we where there!!


  9. blooming lovely!!..thanks for sharing!

  10. Diana - You must have arrived at the arboretum before Sunday. Everything is fine there, but a fairly large forest fire came pretty near close to the arboretum on Sunday afternoon. I was in Superior when I saw a ton of police cars and fire trucks screaming down US-60, and by the time I got back to my campsite there was a thick smoke cloud and the arboretum had been evacuated. On my way out I saw just how close the fire was to the arboretum. Very!

  11. Thank you for the beautiful pictures..I love the beauty you see and I'm glad you're sharing it. Thanks for that! :)

  12. Wow beautiful flowers & birdies... I wish I had been in the area when the cactus bloom but sadly we were not... GREAT!!!
    Have fun & Travel safe

  13. Very nice pictures. anther place we missed while we were in the area.

  14. I guess you have to be very careful when you lean in to smell the catus flower!

    Very nice pix, even from across the street. With my luck, I'd have been run over by a truck while I was trying to focus...

  15. I love all those succulents and cacti. I love their spring too. Thanks.

  16. Wow what beautiful photos. Love those blooms.

    Kevin and Ruth

  17. Wow beautiful pictures. Cactus blooms are just so pretty and I loved seeing the big fat round ones those are interesting thanks so much for sharing it is so pretty out there.

  18. The desert certainly has its own beauty. Lovely pictures!


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