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Saturday, 21 November 2020

The Sonoran Desert

 

It is ten years today since I was fortunate enough to visit this area of the Sonoran Desert in south-western Arizona with my daughter and son-in-law.




I found that the desert had a beauty all of its own.




Sometimes I was very glad we were exploring in a 4WD vehicle!




This area is full of cacti, perhaps the best known being the saguaro cactus trees (although not all will grow ‘arms’).  It is the largest cactus to grow in the United States.




Saguaro have a shallow root system that spreads out around it as far as it is tall.  They are also extremely slow growing but can live for up for to 200 years.




The Agua Fria river was looking deceptively calm on the day we visited, but evidence of flood waters could be seen high up on trees growing beside it.




On our way home to Flagstaff we could see these clouds ahead of us.  It snowed overnight.




This was my first visit to Arizona and I loved my time there. 

Margaret ๐Ÿ˜Š


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17 comments:

  1. Thanks for the lovely pictures. My cousin and some friends go down every winter. Someday I would like to see Arizona. Jean from Manitoba Canada

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  2. Such wonderful photos! Deserts are far from barren, aren't they? I have never been to Arizona.

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  3. I ' d like to thank you for fantastic journey and nice pictures, I could know about Arizona,I have never been there but I have visisted California and I can recommend this wonderful state.greetings

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  4. What an interesting cloud formation! Sounds like you had a wonderful introduction to the desert. Beautiful photos of the saguaros!

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  5. A wonderful journey. Thanks for the photos

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  6. WOW - those cacti are stunning to look at - and to think that they grow for up to 200 years! Thank you for letting me travel vicariously through your blog
    Stay safe
    Blessings
    Maxine

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  7. Hello,
    Wonderful views and photos from your Arizona trip! Love the views of the cactus, river and sky! Great memories, hope you get to visit again. Take care, enjoy your weekend!

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  8. I have visited the southwestern desert several times and have always enjoyed it there, exploring a unique and challenging ecosystem, but it is not a place I would want to live. Flagstaff would be much more agreeable, but I wouldn't want to live in the United States under any conditions so that pretty much takes care of that!

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  9. That looks plain... supercool! I´ve never been to a place like that, thank you for sharing!

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  10. I have never made it out west, but sure enjoy seeing photos. I so love that last photo...

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  11. So glad you enjoyed your time, in my country!!!!

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  12. Something we've always regretted is that we traveled to the Grand Canyon and surrounding areas in 2007. We never realized until we got home that we were so close to the desert and the Cacti which we both would have loved to see. We no longer have our RV and in any case we don't travel any more. I so enjoyed your pictures.

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  13. I found that very interesting. It's a part of the US I have never visited (along with much of the rest of the country).

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  14. Arizona is beautiful. I didn’t see that cactus though. I missed a lot!

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  15. I have a thing about cacti, they are so unusual.

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  16. A friend once showed me a photo of her vacation home in Arizona with a saguaro growing next to it .... that cactus was taller than her two-story home!! When they decorated the outside of their home at Christmas, they also decorated the saguaro just like other people decorate evergreens or trees in their yards. It was so beautiful. Thank you for sharing these great photos and your times there with your kids! ๐ŸŒต❤️

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