Sunday, April 25, 2010
Let me tell you 'bout the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees...
Hundreds of cars were in the parking lot, indicating how popular this State Park is on a fabulous Spring day.
Pictures and words can only begin to describe the kaleidoscopic show of flowers throughout the park. So much for a barren desert! You couldn't turn your head without being amazed by yet another bush, cactus, herb, succulent, or tree in bloom.
One of my favorite birds seen here in the Sonoran Desert, a Phainopepla. Jason thinks its name sounds like a disease.
Please forgive the chipped nailpolish & ugly sandals (they're COMFORTABLE! :-) )
This is a carpenter bee. Like June-bugs, they are quite large and imposing, but at the same time, non-aggressive. They are ubiquitous in the Sonoran desert in March/April.
One of the many trails in the park. This is so funny... just as I was about to caption this photo, Jason asked me how to spell "chihuahua" (he's writing the pets portion on a rental home contract)
The park has several different geological and geographical zones, such as the Chihuahuan, Upper Sonoran, Eucalyptus forest, Australian Outback, herb garden, Magma Ridge, and South American exhibits.
This is the clever silky trap of a funnel-web spider's spiny cactus lair. Insects can go in, but they're not likely to re-emerge!
We didn't go past this point.
One exhibit was of a small forest of different eucalyptus (redbark) trees from around the world. Some of these trees were huge!