Tucson, AZ

Elly's moms invited us down to Tucson for a visit

Thursday-Sunday, May 12th-15th, 2011

1: Prickly pear flowers come in a couple of different colours. The one in Elly's mom's yard by the gate is yellow.

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2: An interesting shrub in the garden at Kartchner Caverns State Park.

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3: Another yellow prickly pear. This one is in the garden at Kartchner Caverns State Park.

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4: Detail of prickly pear…um, prickles.

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5: Oh, look. It's where we are!

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6: An artistic tree.

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7: Grass fronds in Elly's mom's front yard.

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8: Stitched shot of the Saguaro National Park, through which we drove every day.

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9: A dove perches on the top of a saguaro cactus.

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10: Cholla cactus. This stuff is nasty, or so I'm told. I didn't have the pleasure of a first-hand introduction.

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11: Elly experiences the world the way a bat hears it at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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12: Grr! Arg! Fear the Man-Bat!

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13: Perhaps it is time for a somewhat sillier pose.

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14: Cholla. Except this one is tame.

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15: An itsy-bitsy barrel cactus.

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16: Saguaro landscape at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

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17: More prickly pear prickles.

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18: These enormous beetles were pollenating a shrub next to the prarie-dog exhibit.

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19: A bird builds a nest.

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20: It may have been hard to tell in the previous shot, but here you can plainly see that he's carrying grass.

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21: We arrived at the crown jewel of the museum—an enclosed honeybird exhibit! That you can walk right into! SO COOL!

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22: It's amazing how well these flashy creatures blend into their environment.

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23: What's this? It's a momma honeybird on her nest!

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24: She seemd pretty relaxed—the numerous visitors must have desensitized her to humans.

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25: Elly sits back and watches the little jewels dart about.

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26: A flowering cactus of undetermined species.

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27: A flowering saguaro.

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28: I didn't realize until I was processing these photos that this is probably a father dove and his almost-fully-fledged chicks.

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29: Keeping a watchful eye out.

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30: Elly finds a giant (plastic) tortoise shell. What will happen next is obvious to anyone who knows Elly. :)

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31: Thirty seconds later…

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32: It's a tortoiselly!

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33: The instructive sign next to this fire-barrel cactus helpfully identified it as a 'biznaga' cactus.

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34: The cactus garden at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum is really rather impressive.

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35: Worm-eaten wood is always a good subject for a photo.

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36: Ah, a classic southwestern vista (again, at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum).

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37: Back at the house, Elly's moms prevailed upon me to try out their recumbant tricycle. Whee! And also Zzzzooommm!

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38: A creosote bush.

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39: A prickly pear in Elly's mom's garden glows in the setting sun.

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40: Elly's moms have a lot of prickly pears. This is not uncommon for Tucson gardens.

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41: Another prickly pear in the setting sun.

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42: A fire-barrel cactus in the centre of Elly's mom's front yard.

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