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The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum


One of many Ocotillos blooming in spring


    A few miles west of Tucson, on the other side of the Tucson Mountains, and near Saguaro National Park West, lies a true Desert Gem. The Arizona Sonora Desert Museum. I mainly go there to take photos of the cacti, but they also have native animal exhibits, native insect exhibits, Arizona mineral exhibits and several miles of hiking trails. For those less inclined to do that much walking, a semicircular paved path meanders through all the gardens and animal habitats. My favorite is of course the cactus garden, but I like the enclosed Aviary too. It has an artificial stream that runs through it and one can find some respite from the heat there. This gallery is a compilation of several visits. I usually go twice a year, once in spring to catch things blooming, and once again after the midsummer monsoon when the desert puts out it's most impressive growth spurt. There are actually two growing seasons here, spring and mid to late summer. At the height of summer, when it's hot and dry, most plants are dormant.



Adenium01.jpg
Adenium
Adenium02.jpg
Adenium
Agave flower sillouette.jpg
Agave flower sillouette
Agave unknown.jpg
Agave unknown
Agaves.jpg
Agaves
Alluadia procera01.jpg
Alluadia procera
Astrophytum asterias.jpg
Astrophytum asterias
Aviary Sculpture01.jpg
Aviary Sculpture
Aviary Sculpture01a.jpg
Aviary Sculpture
Aviary Sculpture02.jpg
Aviary Sculpture
Aviary Sculpture04.jpg
Aviary Sculpture
Aviary Sculpture05.jpg
Aviary Sculpture
Aviary Sculpture06.jpg
Aviary Sculpture
Aviary Sculpture07.jpg
Aviary Sculpture
Boojum.jpg
Boojum
Cephalocereus alanus.jpg
Cephalocereus alanus
Cephalocereus unknown.jpg
Cephalocereus unknown
Coryphantha bummama.jpg
Coryphantha bummama
Cylindropuntia ramossisima.jpg
Cylindropuntia ramossisima
Cylindropuntia thurberi.jpg
Cylindropuntia thurberi
Echinocactus horizonthalonius.jpg
Echinocactus horizonthalonius
Echinocereus brandegeei.jpg
Echinocereus brandegeei
Echinocereus maritimus.jpg
Echinocereus maritimus
Echinocereus01.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus02.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus03.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus04.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus05.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus06.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus07.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus08.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus09.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus10.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinocereus12.jpg
Echinocereus
Echinopsis.jpg
Echinopsis
Echinovereus fasciculatus bonkerae.jpg
Echinocereus fasciculatus bonkerae
Echocereus nicholii 'Golden Hedgehog'01.jpg
Echocereus nicholii 'Golden Hedgehog'
Euphorbia croizatii.jpg
Euphorbia croizatii
Euphorbia symmetrica.jpg
Euphorbia symmetrica
Euphorbia01.jpg
Euphorbia
Euphorbia02.jpg
Euphorbia
Ferocactsu gracilis4.jpg
Ferocactus gracilis
ferocactus cylindraceus tortulospinus.jpg
Ferocactus cylindraceus tortulospinus
ferocactus gracilis.jpg
Ferocactus gracilis
Ferocactus gracilis2.jpg
Ferocactus gracilis
Ferocactus gracilis3.jpg
Ferocactus gracilis
Ferocactus wislizenii01.jpg
Ferocactus wislizenii
ferocactus01.jpg
Ferocactus
ferocactus02.jpg
Ferocactus
ferocactus03.jpg
Ferocactus
ferocactus04.jpg
Ferocactus
Ferocactus07.jpg
Ferocactus
Grusonia invicta02.jpg
Grusonia invicta
Lizard01.jpg
Lizard
Lizard02.jpg
Lizard
Lizard3.jpg
Lizard
Lizard4.jpg
Lizard
Mammillaria canelensis.jpg
Mammillaria canelensis
Mammillaria hertrichiana.jpg
Mammillaria hertrichiana
Mammillaria marksiana.jpg
Mammillaria marksiana
Mammillaria setispina.jpg
Mammillaria setispina
Mammillaria setispina2.jpg
Mammillaria setispina
Mammillaria standleyi.jpg
Mammillaria standleyi
Mammillaria tesopacensis.jpg
Mammillaria tesopacensis
Mammillaria01.jpg
Mammillaria
Mammillaria02.jpg
Mammillaria
Mexican Bird of Paradise.jpg
Mexican Bird of Paradise
Ocotillo01.jpg
Ocotillo
Ocotillo02.jpg
Ocotillo
Ocotillo04.jpg
Ocotillo
Opuntia gosseliniana.jpg
Opuntia gosseliniana
Opuntia invicta01.jpg
Grusonia invicta
Opuntia macrocentra.jpg
Opuntia macrocentra
Opuntia01.jpg
Opuntia
Pachycereus pringleii.jpg
Pachycereus pringleii
Passiflora.jpg
Passiflora
Stenocereus thurberi.jpg
Stenocereus thurberi
Stenocereus unknown.jpg
Stenocereus unknown
Stenocerus eruca2.jpg
Stenocerus eruca
Unknown.jpg
Unknown
unknown2.jpg
unknown
Unknown3.jpg
Unknown
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