As we entered the gates to the museum we were greeted with this blooming Saguaro... the ocotillo also in full colour.
Close up of the ocotillo blossoms.
They told us that there are two kinds of owls... Barn owls and all the rest. And that Barn owls are on every continent except Antarctica, because there were no rodents to eat on Antarctica.
It is fun to watch the hummingbirds... but hard to catch good shots of these quick moving birds. This mother is on her nest.
I have a friend who says these birds are mice with wings.
Century plant in bloom.
Adenium Winter Remedy.
Another Saguaro in bloom.
Thurber Cholla... such a soft blossom.
Hybrid Torch Cactus -the "Flying Saucer." For me this was the highlight of the day. The flower was about 10" across.
As we left the museum I took this shot of Shirley with her red hat.
"Sight is often reinforced by other senses. A flower looks different when you can smell it."
-Henry Grunwald, Twilight: Losing Sight, Gaining Insight
Just don't get too close when smelling cactus flowers.