Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Tohono Chul Park in Tucson




I think this was our 3rd or 4th visit to this outstanding jewel of a park in Tucson. It features nicely labeled displays of desert flora laid out on easy paths. Birds and other wildlife abound. For the tourist or the hometowner who doesn't have the time or the physical capabilities to traverse longer hikes, this is an ideal spot to get a reasonable taste of the desert experience without driving out of the city.

The entrance fee is reasonable; the giftshop is pleasant; the live plant greenhouse is a special treat; and the tea house restaurant offers tasty south-western dishes in lovely surroundings.

Check it out. The mighty Saguaro awaits.




Glimpses of wildlife can be counted on. Some stand out,


But some take a keen eye to see.




And some take a bit of patience to catch like this hummingbird on her nest.





Colorful blooms augment the green or sometimes just add lively color to the environment.




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