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Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Full Moon

Full moon from my back yard
You don't have to travel far to be amazed by nature.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

Round-Tailed Ground Squirrel

This is a darling little round-tailed ground squirrel we saw at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Arizona.  We sat and watched him run around, diligently enlarge his burrow, have a snack, etc.  So cute.

These guys are native to the southwest.  They look a lot like prairie dogs, but aren't related.

If you're visiting Phoenix (or if you live here)--I highly recommend the Desert Botanical Garden.  I recommend going in spring.  

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Butterfly Exhibit at the Botanical Gardens

Each spring at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Gardens, they have a butterfly exhibit.  You can go inside a big mesh tent right with the butterflies.  Just swarms of them.  I'd never seen anything like it.  Very, very beautiful.

Here are some:

Giant swallowtail
White peacock
Zebra longwing

Gulf fritillary (top of wings)

Gulf fritillary (bottom of wings)
The display usually ends in mid May.  The rest of the botanical gardens are really awesome too.  Plan plenty of time.  Also, consider checking out a culture pass from the library--good for 2 admissions.  :)

Click here for more information on the Desert Botanical Garden  

Sunday, June 11, 2017

Cactus Flowers at the Desert Botanical Garden, Phoenix Arizona

Cactus blossoms at the Phoenix Desert Botanical Garden
Late April


The saguaro flowers in the picture above each bloom for only one day.  




The world is amazing.

Click here for more information on the Desert Botanical Garden