The Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix is a must when you visit. You will find cacti of differnt shapes, colour and sizes. The first time I went it was over 100F this time we went earlier in the day but the temperature still climbed up quickly.
There are birds everywhere you go, some sitting on cacti, some singing, some attending to their young. If you look closely you might see some lizards and other wildlife.
The saguaro cacti blooms late at night when the air cools down, the flowers wilt in the heat of the day.
You never know what part of the cacti the flowers will appear. I found this to be an unusual place for them to grow.
These unusal cacti caught my eye. I also took some just of the top of it, they almost look like creatures from outer space.
This Anna's Hummingbird was flying around and I couldn't get a picture of it feeding until it took a rest on the branch.
Here is a closer view of the saguaro blossoms. I was delighted to see the bee in my picture.
This little round tail squirrel scampered past us on the path and then stopped to check us out. I wish I could have helped him turn on the tap for a cool drink.
It is interesting to see how the different the cacti shapes can be.
We then left Phoenix and headed down to Tucson we stopped in at the Saguaro National Park.
Once again some interesting shapes and colours.
I found this view to be quite awe inspiring, I love how the mountains disappear in the background.
The next day we drove south of Tucson, down to Nogales. We then turned around and stopped in Tubac an artists colony.
I think if I look back at my 2001 trip photos I may have a picture of this same cactus. This time it was a lovely rich colour.
I found it interesting that the grillwork was the classic clamshell shape used by quilters. This is part of San Xavier del Bac. This church is called the white dove of the desert.