It's always good to meet up with other blogging friends. This is about the third or fourth time we've visited with these guys, and we are looking forward to next year already!
Monday was my day to pick an activity, and I had already selected the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. In fact, that's part of why we chose Justin's Diamond J park for our stay. It's just a few miles from the Museum.
The whole idea of this museum is to showcase the Sonora Desert area. The Sonora Desert is one of four deserts in Arizona, the others being the Chihuahuan Desert (where we live in Benson, and extending into Mexico and New Mexico), the Mohave Desert (southern Nevada and Northeastern Arizona), and the Great Basin Desert (northern Arizona, New Mexico, Utah and Colorado). The Sonora Desert is the only one that has the Giant Saguaro cactus as a native plant.
But the Sonora desert has so much more to offer than just this often-caricatured multi-armed cactus. Thus the museum.
While the Arizona Sonora Desert Museum is largely given over to plant life, and rightly so, the native animals are featured as well, and in as natural a setting as can be provided. We were there on a hot spring day (temperatures hitting 94 degrees), so the animals kept hidden as much as possible. We did see the bobcat...
|Sleeping on his back in a cool cave.|
|Moving back under cover.|
|Moving around freely|
|Lots of these, as well as their babies!|
|The Barn Owl|
|The American Kestrel, the smallest of falcons.|
|Based on body coloration, this one is a female.|
|Harris's Hawk. This one was getting tired of being on display.|
|Dying saguaro shedding its skin.|
|Prickly pear blooming in front of saguaro.|
|Prickly pear in bloom|
|Ocotillo with red flag blossoms.|
|Believe it or not, that's a boojum tree!|
|Anyone for a game of Twister?|
|Relatively rare crested saguaro.|
We enjoyed touring this Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, so much so that we are planning to become members a little later in ... Our Life on Wheels.