Sunday, April 18, 2010

A Hike in the Desert

Yesterday I drove 70 miles (112 K) east of Phoenix to visit a state park called The Boyce Thompson Arboretum. There are many hiking trails there and an incredible collection of plants and wildlife. I hadn’t been there for many years and it has grown in the years I was away. With the desert in bloom, it was a good opportunity to see more wildflowers and cactus blossoms. The top photo is of the main trail head.




The small photo is of one of the hundreds of cactus blossoms begging to be photographed.

12 comments:

Kate said...

Wonderful nature photos today, Sharon. Wish I was there to walk the path with you...it looks so inviting.

brattcat said...

Talk about being in the right place at the right time...this is beautiful. I'd love to join you and Kate on that walk.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

It has been too many years since Julie and I have been to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. We have talked about driving out there again, but have not found the time. Your photos today (and I hope and trust that there will be more to come) show why we will definitely have to do so.

Magpie said...

Beautiful, Sharon. I have never been there...need to put that one on the list. It looks wonderful.

Tracy said...

I have always wondered what exactly that place looked like. Looks like a beautiful place. Definitely another road trip destination!

Randy said...

I love Boyce Thompson this time of year. It's so beautiful. Have a wonderful Sunday.

Jarart said...

I haven't been there in ages! Looks like I'll have to visit the place next time we go through on our way to somewhere. (When it's cool)

Julie ScottsdaleDailyPhoto.com said...

what a fun trip that would be. i have not been there in years.

Jacob said...

I jealous! I've always loved the desert in bloom. That second shot, in particular, is superb!

Shelagh said...

So very much like this area in winter (Mediterranean climate but semi-desert.) Thanks for showing how beautiful these dry areas can be.

JM said...

You know I would love to walk there! :-)

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Impressive photo of the cactus blossom.