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.
LINKING UP WITH YOGI AT Skywatch Friday