Sonoran Desert

In May of 2012, Carol and I journeyed into the Sonoran Desert – Tucson, AZ to enjoy and photograph the area.

The Sonoran Desert, the hottest North American desert, covers large parts of the southwestern United States in Arizona and California, and of northwestern Mexico in Sonora, Baja California and Baja California Sur. One hundred twenty thousand square miles of this desert are in Arizona. The Sonoran Desert is home to the famous and much photographed Saguaro Cactus.

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum, Saguaro National Monument and Sabino Canyon in the Coronado National Forest are the locations these photographs were shot. The time of year was perfect for photographing the Saguaro Cactus in bloom, other blooming plants, and birds nesting.

Sonoran Desert, AZ
Sonoran Desert, AZ
Gila Woodpeckers Nesting in Saguaro Catcus
Gila Woodpeckers Nesting in Saguaro Cactus

 

Saguaro Cactus In Bloom - AZ State Flower
Saguaro Cactus In Bloom – AZ State Flower

 

 

 

 

 

Gila Woodpecker feeding on a Century Plant
Gila Woodpecker feeding on a Century Plant

 

Octillo & Saguaro Cactus
Octillo & Saguaro Cactus

 

 

 

Curved-Billed Thrasher Nesting
Curved-Billed Thrasher Nesting

 

Saguaro Cactus
Saguaro Cactus

 

Coues' Cactus Wren - AZ State Bird
Coues’ Cactus Wren – AZ State Bird
A Cactus Flower
A Cactus Flower
Cactus Wren Nesting
Cactus Wren Nesting
Sunset Over The Saguaros
Sunset Over The Saguaros

 

 

 

 

 

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