Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Saguaro National Park


These are images from our April 24, visit to Saguaro East National Park, the paved scenic drive which is in the east side of the park. We stopped at the visitor center first and then we spent some time on the Cactus Forest Loop drive through the park. The park is known for the tall Saguaro Cactus and various types of cactus and desert plants and flowers. We picked a great time to see the cactus blooms and all the spring flowers.

The Brittlebush was al over the park, it looked as if the ground was yellow from the blooms.

The Saguaro Cactus can grown as tall as 40-60 feet. The have the ability to hold and store water, they are a refuge for wildlife. Some plants may grow as many as 25 arms. 

Below, the tall Ocotillo plant with their pretty red-orange blooms, I think the yellow flowers are called Brittlebush. The Brittlebush is a common flower found in the desert, long lasting blooms and are a favorite food source and seed for the birds. 

The tall Ocotillo plants with the red-orange flowers was one of my favorites. They can grow as tall as 20 feet, their name in Spanish means little torch. The flowers attract hummingbirds. They conserve water and are drought hearty.

More of the Brittlebush seen along the park road. 

Below the Prickly Pear Cactus with yellow blooms.

I believe this plant below is called the Strawberry Hedgehog Cactus

A common scene along the park's scenic drive. 

The Barrel Cactus was just starting to bloom. 

Javelina Rocks overlook, near the 6 mile post. The rocks are composed of ancient granite.

One of the trails we walk, it was nice to see all the plants up close. 

The Saguaro Blooms are white, we saw them in bloom on the very top of these tall cactus. 

I can not find the name of this plant and flowers below, I would appreciate if anyone can help with the id?

This post showed just the Saguaro East National Park, on another day we visited the Saguaro West National Park. I will share a post on our visit there at another time.

Saguaro East National Park, Tucson, Arizona

Thanks for visiting! Take care, have a great day!  

" We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

Sunday, June 2, 2024

Madera Canyon, Arizona April 2024

 Madera Canyon, Arizona April 2024

The Santa Rita Mountains is part of the Coronado National Forest, elevation 5,000 feet. We were able to use our National Park pass for our admission in the park. It is 13 miles from Green Valley Arizona and 25 miles from Tucson. There is lodging in the park, the Santa Rita Lodge is where you can rent cabins and they have a wellness center. It is a perfect place to stay close to some great birdwatching. 

One of the many hummingbirds we saw at Madera Canyon.  

The Santa Rita Gift shop, was also selling coffee and delicious blueberry muffins.  A nice treat for the early morning birdwatchers like us.

The bird feeders set up at the Santa Rita Lodge, they had a great seating area for the bird lovers.

A view of the mountains from the parking lot. 

This lush canyon is home to a wide variety of plants and animals. It is a hotspot listed on Ebird, attracting birdwatchers from around the world. It is home to 250 bird species, including 15 hummingbird species.

We hiked a part of the Madera Creek trail, crossing the bridge and walking past the Amphitheater. We followed the creek for awhile. Looking for the birds and any wildlife. 

Spring is a good time to enjoy hiking in Madera Canyon. Beside the birds we saw, a few deer were seen off the trail. 

If you are ever in the area, I highly suggest a visit to Madera Canyon. 

Thanks for visiting! Take care, have a great day!  

" We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

Thursday, May 30, 2024

Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area

Horseshoe Bend, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Page Arizona

We visited Horseshoe Bend early morning as we were leaving the city of Page Arizona. It is a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike to see the overlook. Some of this area is on the Navajo Nation, we paid for the parking to the City of Page. There are restrooms available on the parking lot. The Horseshoe Bend overlooks the Colorado River and the Grand Canyon National Park is only 9 miles downstream. 

Thanks for visiting! Take care, have a great day!  

" We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

Tuesday, May 28, 2024

Arizona April 20-29th, 2024

 Arizona 20-29th, 2024

On April 20 hubby and I flew from Baltimore-Washington Airport to Phoenix Arizona, it was a fly-drive trip. Arriving in Phoenix we picked up our rental car and drove 6 hours to Page Arizona for the start of our vacation. Thinking back on this it was a mistake to fly for 5 plus hours and then drive for another 6 hours with little to eat.  April 21st, our first full day in Page, we had reservations for the Upper Antelope Canyon tour. Hubby had a low blood sugar episode before he could eat breakfast. He was fine after the EMT's, hotel worker Suzie and a guest who was a nurse checked him over and the orange juice was very helpful. So, I ended going on the tour and hubby stayed back at the hotel resting. 

We reserved a Navajo guided tour through the slot canyon called Upper Antelope Canyon 

It was nice they refunded my hubby's ticket price since he could not make the tour.  It was upsetting since it was a highlight of the vacation for me and hubby. Below are some photos from the tour, the tour was only a total of 3/4 mile walk.

The Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Lake Powell and Glen Canyon Dam

If rafting on the Colorado River, the Grand Canyon National Park is just 16 miles below the tailwaters of the Glen Canyon Dam. It does take longer to drive the 141 miles from Glen Canyon Dam to the Grand Canyon NP. 

Carl Hayden Visitor Center, Page Arizona. 

Colorado River

Glen Canyon Dam Bridge

Thanks for visiting! Take care, have a great day!  

" We take photos as a return ticket to a moment otherwise gone."

Sunday, November 12, 2023

Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, Nov 2023

 Grace Bay, Turks and Caicos, November 5-9th 2023

Hubby and I enjoyed a short getaway to Turks and Caicos. It is a British territory, close to the Bahamas and the Dominican Republic. The Turks Islands consist of 8 major islands and many smaller islands inhabited. The US dollar is used and they drive on the left side of the road like the UK. We stayed at a beach resort located in the Grace Bay area of the island of Providenciales.  

Hubby loves to snorkel and there is some great snorkeling right off the beach at Grace Bay. 

Nothing soothes the soul like a day by the ocean.

Life is short, take the beach trip. 

We had beautiful weather and saw some great sunrises and sunsets. 

Every day we saw at least two Green Herons hanging around the pool area, I think they had feast on the tiny lizards we saw running around. 

I liked watching the parasailing from my beach chair.  

An ocean breeze puts a mind at ease.

Another sunset at the beach.  

"May every sunrise hold more promise and every sunset hold more peace."

Thanks for visiting! Take care, have a great day!  

Friday, September 8, 2023

Museum of Shenandoah Valley, Winchester Virginia

Museum of Shenandoah Valley, Winchester Virginia

On Aug 30th-31st we went on an overnight getaway to Winchester Virginia. Our main reason was to see the Sean Kenney's Nature Connects exhibit happening at the Museum of Shenandoah Valley. Nature Connects is an exhibit of Lego sculptures. The life size and even larger critters made from Legos were amazing to see. 

1. The museum was a little walk away from the gardens. 

The artist Sean Kenney, created the Lego sculptures.

The Ruby-throated Hummingbird made of Legos was beautiful and well done. 

The Monarch butterfly Lego sculpture was a beauty too. 

The Bamboo forest and Asian Garden with tea house and water features was pretty. 

The Glen Burnie House gardens had a beautiful rose garden, perennial garden and a vegetable garden.

There is a sculpture stroll with a sundial, various sculptures and statues. 

The Glen Burnie House

This was a fun and different outing from our usual nature and birdwatching outings. The next morning after checking out of our Winchester Hotel we headed to the Skyline Drive in Shenandoah Nat'l Park and continued our drive home.

Saguaro National Park

Hello, These are images from our April 24, visit to Saguaro East National Park, the paved scenic drive which is in the east side of the park...