Cactus and Critters of The Desert Botanical Garden

Last month we made a quick visit to Arizona to visit my brother and his wife.  I’ve shared a lot of our side trip to Sedona in previous blogs but also wanted to give you a “tour” of the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  Here we found both beautiful and bizarre cactus and some cute little critters.

Cactus

At the entrance to the gardens are these gorgeous glass sculptures called Desert Towers created by Dale Chihuly:

The Saguaro cactus is the most conspicuous and prevalent cactus in the Sonoran Desert.  They look like armies standing on the hills.  Many have holes in them where birds nest (but as my brother says – it looks like someone’s target practice).

There were a bunch of cactus I don’t know the name of but some like the Prickly Pear we have at home in North Texas.

Some were just stunning with the surrounding hills as a backdrop:

Although we went in early Spring, some cactus were already blooming:

I’m sure the blooms are even more amazing now …

Critters

I was really surprised at the wildlife we spotted throughout the gardens!  We stopped for lunch in the little cafe and were visited by several quail.  This little guy managed to grab a snack!

We saw several chipmunks.  This one looks precariously close to that barrel cactus!

We have road runners at home and we like them a lot because they keep the snake population down.  I really don’t like the snakes we find in our back yard (see my Eeek! A Snake! blog).  I doubt the snaky-looking cactus below has this very camouflaged road runner fooled, do you?

We saw several lizards run across the paths as we walked around.  This one was cooling his heels under a rock:

And there were bunches of butterflies amongst the early spring blooms!

The best part of the our visit to the Desert Botanical Garden was time spent with my brother and sister-in-law.  They were amongst my favorite “critters” that day!  ;-)

 

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