Tuesday, March 29, 2011

"The beauty of the Sonoran Desert"

The Sonoran Desert covers over 5000 square miles in Arizona and Northern Mexico. The Sonoran is rich in plant and animal live and is one of the most beautiful in the world.

Many people who have never seen the desert in bloom have no idea that cactus plants actually create flower blooms. And there are a variety of blooming cactus plants which are quite beautiful. There are a wide variety of blooming cactus plants, and just as wide a variety of how and when they each bloom. Many blooming cactus will only show flowers for a brief period of time in February for instance, while others will only open their blooms in the middle of the night. Still others will not bloom till the hottest months of July or August. A good place to see these cacti on display is at the Botanical Gardens in Tucson and the Desert Botanical Gardens in Phoenix.

Captured in these photos is a small selection of these cacti including the many wild flowers that bloom in the spring.

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