Desert bloom photos Mar24

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Desert bloom photos

The Desert Botanical Gardens was about a 45 minute drive from Phoenix and well worth the trip, especially because we just happened to visit on a day that the park was FREE from 1pm to closing (normally there’s an $18 admission).

Even though I knew we were visiting on the early side of blooming season, I still fell victim to my own high expectations, again. The grounds were quite large and well manicured, but not covered with the variety of blooms as I had hoped. Instead there was only an occasional spot of color. This caused me to take a multitude of photos from every angle. After days of desert landscape, I’m over the cacti and ready for a change of scenery. That almost sounds impatient on some level. I prefer to think of it as clarity on where my preferences don’t lie: vital information in determining what a girl wants. Insert, Christina Aguilera lyrics here.

Below are those cacti that I found most interesting.

Purple Prickly Pear - source of much goodness.

Purple Prickly Pear – source of much goodness.

This shade of color stands out among the sand, brown mountains, and green cactus.

This shade of color stands out among the sand, brown mountains, and green cactus.

Art imitating nature  - Dale Chihuly is a genius!

Art imitating nature – Dale Chihuly is a genius!

The one & only Joshua Tree we saw blooming.

The one & only Joshua Tree we saw blooming.

I checked the name 3 times...Graham's Nipple Cactus

I checked the name 3 times…Graham’s Nipple Cactus

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Below was a cool art instillation within the park called The Four Seasons by Philip Haas at Desert Botanical Garden, Mesa. Trouble is, now I can’t remember which is which. Maybe you can tell the difference.

The Four Seasons by Philip Haas at Desert Botanical Garden, Mesa IMG_4193
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Section of a sun dial

Section of a sun dial

Cutie Patutie with orange bursts - named by Lin

Cutie Patutie with orange bursts – named by Lin

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Just cool

Just cool

Saguaro, the grand daddy of them all

Saguaro, the grand daddy of them all