Yesterday I took my camera and water on a trek to Saguaro National Park, a little over 4 miles from my house.
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I love the way this Saguaro seems to be clapping its hands for the Ocotillo (the cactus with all the skinny arms). I’m not sure what the Ocotillo did that was so marvelous, but I’m pleased the Saguaro is so happy.
Century Plants grow so tall (up to 25 feet) I had to look way up to photograph this specimen’s blooms as evidenced by the clouds in the bottom of the picture.
Flowers on the Fishhook Barrel cactus will soon turn into a small yellow pineapple-shaped fruit.
This Prickly Pear has already bloomed and its fruits are just about ripe enough to pick. The fruit looks almost like a crown on this particular Prickly Pear pad so I stopped, bowed suitably to its regality, and then acted like a paparazzo in taking a quick photo.
Isn’t it amazing that the desert, even in summer’s deadly heat, still has much to offer?
Since our National Parks have given me many years of enjoyment, I want to celebrate these amazing resources by offering a give-away opportunity. On my way out of the park, I stopped in the Visitor’s Center and did a bit of shopping for you. What’s inside this bag?
- A Park Ranger doll
- Passport to Your National Parks book for collecting stamp cancellations on your visits
- Kids’ Passport to Your National Parks Companion
- A sticker representing Saguaro National Park
- Box of Prickly Pear Cactus Candy as a little tasty treat from my neck of the world
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