Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Desert Gardens

Today's adventure took us to the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix. It was a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours walking the trails and admiring the desert plants. We both loved it - the day wasn't too warm so the walking was pleasant.

The first thing we saw upon entering the grounds (admission was free today for some reason) were these magnificent glass sculptures of desert plants.

There were four or five different 'loops' to follow. There were lots of very large, very old Saguaro cacti there, where they've been growing for a hundred years or more. This one below has a curious deformity of one of its arms.

This next one Lloyd declared to be 'the perfect Saguaro' - two arms symmetrically placed on the trunk of the plant, standing upright like a true Taco Bell cactus, or is it Taco Time...I can never remember which is which.

These next ones aren't Saguaros but just look at how tall they are. They totally dwarf Lloyd.

And we rested along the route - Lloyd against the bridge rail...

...and me on a conveniently located bench.

This tall stick tree has red blossoms way up on top.

And here we are having fun together.

This mountain was in a lot of my pictures. Its one of the Papago Buttes and is very curious looking, riddled with large holes.

There were half a dozen welded metal sculptures in the gardens, all painted bright primary colors.

This was part of the boulder garden.

This next one is a close up of the Papago Butte shown before.

And the mountain in the background here is Camelback Mountain

This beautiful spot was an actual desert oasis.

We didn't notice until the pictures were downloaded that this rock looks like a buffalo or calf head reclining. Can you see it? There's a small cactus just above his eye, in front of his ear.

And that's just a few of my pictures from the Desert Botanical Garden. I'll definitely be going back there again, hopefully when the cacti are in bloom.

It was a lovely way to spend a day.


Chatty Crone said...

Pat, you looked like you had a great time. And all that sun - it 'felt' so good. We need some here. Big cactus there too! Odd shaped. sandie

JQ said...

Mum, never print "dwarf Lloyd."

Anonymous said...

I had no idea cacti could get so huge. - Mary

Pat MacKenzie said...

Funny JQ. Your Dad is at least six inches taller than you :)

There are some pretty big specimens down here Mary - the ones that grow in your Canadian desert in BC are very tiny in comparison aren't they. Haven't found a river to jump in yet though. I don't think your Dad would let me anyway.

Mickey said...

Was this the place mentioned in Edmonton Journal? Looks lovely! Always lots to see and do in Arizona!! Thanks for sharing!

Kath said...

Beautiful!!! Would be awesome to see them all blooming!!

Lucy (aka rharper) said...

So glad you got to go there. It is a nice place to just walk around and look and think. Well, except in the summertime. Then avoid it at all costs. :)