We had a fantastic day doing the tourist thing.
We started the day traveling about 25 miles north of the city to Catalina State Park to look up friends we had met in Quartzsite. They were in the process of moving to another camp ground, so we decided to explore the park. It has tons of hiking trails and beautiful scenery.
The southwestern part of AZ has lots of Saguaro Cactus. They can live to be over 100 years old. They grow about 1 inch a year.
Mike on the hiking trail in the state park.
When we finished the park we went to the Tucson Botanical Gardens. Inside the gardens is a indoor exhibit or live tropical butterflies. The Butterflies in the Exhibit came from tropical region along the equator
The butterfly in the photo above is a Blue Morpho.
This is the same butterfly with the wings open.
Not sure what the butterfly on the left is but the one on the right is a Zebra Longwing.
This is the emergence room. The butterflies are shipped in cocoon form. The butterflies life span is generally 1-3 weeks. There are a few species that may live up to 18 months.
Red Spiked Ice Plant from South Africa.
Cape Aloe, South Africa
We took tons of pictures but I will only post a few. The weather is warming up and the sun is shinning. A beautiful day in the desert.