Saguaro National Park – In Honor of the Giant Saguaro Cactus

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Tucson, Arizona.

The giant saguaro cactus towers above the Arizona landscape. Found only in the Sonoran Desert, the long-lived cacti is a staple of western movies and photographs. The Sonoran Desert covers parts of eastern California, southern Arizona and northern Mexico. A national park near Tucson is dedicated to this majestic plant. The park is divided into two sections, one east of the city of Tucson, the other west. I had the opportunity to visit both in recent weeks. Continue reading

Arizona Sonora Museum – Raptors in Flight

az-sonora-desert-museum-13Tucson, Arizona.

Somewhere over the Sonoran Desert, a Harris Hawk is on the hunt. These magnificent raptors hunt in a group. You can see them along with other raptors at the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum’s Raptor Free Flight. But if you’re going to make the trip to one of Tucson’s most popular visitor attractions, you’ll want to do it by April 2, the last day of this season’s performances. A winter attraction, the flights will start again in October and twice a day at 10 AM and 2 PM, audiences will thrill to the sight of these beautiful and graceful hunters. You can visit the museum year round. It is only the raptor flights that are scheduled in the cooler months. Continue reading

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum – A Living Tribute to Desert Plants and Animals

park-zoo-2Tucson, Arizona.

I would call it misnamed. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. OK, so it’s in Arizona and it’s in the Sonoran Desert. That’s fine. It’s the word “Museum” that I think doesn’t fit. Botanical Garden? Arboretum? Zoo? Wildlife Park? Nature Conservancy? How about all of the above? Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Graceful

az-sonora-desert-museum-7Tucson, Arizona.

This week, Ben Huberman asks us to share something that exists harmoniously with its surroundings. He writes, “Gracefulness is a tricky quality – it manifests itself as an effortless, subtle harmony between a subject and its environment.” You can read the entire challenge post here. Continue reading

Sabino Canyon – One of Tucson’s Most Popular Recreation Areas

Our group begins our trek on Bear Canyon Trail.

Tucson, AZ

Last April (2013), our hiking club caravanned southeast from Buckeye, Arizona to Tucson. Our goal was to spend two days hiking near Tucson. We were hoping to hit the peak of wildflower season, but due to delays, we missed the pinnacle. Though the group was a bit disappointed, the natural beauty of the Santa Catalina Mountains in the Coronado National Forest made up for the lack of wildflowers. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge: Fresh

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A mountain stream in Bear Canyon, near Tucson, Arizona.

Tucson, AZ

In the Catalina Mountains, just north of Tucson, Bear Canyon Trail is an inviting three and a half mile one-way hike. The walk culminates in a scenic view of a stack of seven waterfalls, Continue reading