Sunday, May 21, 2017

Tohono Chul | Tucson | Arizona

Spring is when cactus blooms come out - in many different colors and sizes.  It was a perfect time to visit this botanical garden. 

There are those plants who have not put out flowers, a few of which I have not seen in my time wandering out in the desert in this area.

There are also many cacti that I have not seen in my time in the southwest.  Some of these smaller cacti have larger blooms than the saguaros. even though the saguaros are much larger. 

You might think this next photo shows a nice furry little cactus, but the spines are just tiny, which make them harder to get out of your skin if you should get too close.

This is a rare saguaro, a Crested Saguaro.  For some reason, and not very often, they grow a larger area at the top.  It almost reminds me of a crown.  The two holes have been made by birds so they can nest inside the cactus.

This garden has some interesting features, including a fish pond.  
This plant is related to the pineapple family, and apparently just grows in a mound. 

Some of the plants here are not native to this area, and since they're rare, they might be a little pricey, as evidenced by this price tag.

I'm surprised this little lizard posed for me.

Lots of interesting metal sculptures were scattered through the park.


I'm don't think this guy was metal, but he was interesting.

Roads in this area are interesting to drive.  Very often, they're like a roller coaster.  It doesn't bother me, but I can imagine some people would get car sick.  

Sunday, May 7, 2017

Pima Air & Space Museum | Tucson | Arizona


This little plane was the cutest thing at the museum - only 9 feet long and 6 feet wide. It's called the Starr Bumble Bee.  Cute, but I'm not sure I want to ride in it.

They had all sorts of aircraft here, even some hanging from the ceiling.

And little sleek ones that I've never seen before.......

I really enjoyed the old ones - strange shapes and configurations.




Of course, they had to add a couple crafts from the space program.

This one was labeled as a booster rocket - extremely huge and long.

All sorts of seaplanes.


Of course, they had multiple helicopters.

And lots of other planes -




There is also an aircraft boneyard across the street, which we did not get to tour, but took a shot through the fence of rows of planes of the same type, all lined up.