Arizona Sonora Desert Museum: Immersion in the desert landscape

entrance
We spent an entire day at this museum, which is 80% outside. In fact, the only thing we did inside was eat lunch. It is located in the Saguaro National Forest about 20 miles from Tuscon. The roads are rough and windy and you are surrounded by cactus filled hills. You are truly immersed in the desert here.

The first thing we saw was the hummingbird house. The hummingbirds flew around us as if we weren’t even there. They had business to attend to…like incubating chicks:

A nest that would fit in the palm of your hand. She posed like this for several minutes.

A nest that would fit in the palm of your hand. She posed like this for several minutes.

Drinking from the local fountain:

My own personal nectar fountain.

My own personal nectar fountain.

Or just sitting on a branch looking pretty:

Yes. I know I'm beautiful.

Yes. I know I’m beautiful.

As we wandered around we saw so many types of cacti that I almost started memorizing their names.

heart shaped prickly pear

heart shaped prickly pear

Saguaro with babies

Saguaro with babies

organ pipe cactus

organ pipe cactus

But then I started making up my own names:

old timer

old timer

furry arms cactus

furry arms cactus

big pine cone cactus

big pine cone cactus

And this next one is my favorite:

frilly girl cactus

frilly girl cactus

We saw all of this within the first 30 minutes! There’s more but I think I want to give them a post all their own.

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