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Watch out for rattlesnakes in the foothills of the Tucson Catalina Mountains

Rattlesnake by SearchNetMedia
Rattlesnake, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

We have spotted two large dead rattle snakes in the neighborhood during the last couple of weeks. As the temperature at night drops into the 60’s and 50’s, these venomous snakes may seek warmth on the neighborhood streets.

Bring a flashlight on evening walks. Also, consider Professional Snake Avoidance Classes for your Dog. We are not associated with, nor do we endorse the one in the link above, but we are sending a dog to this one for training.

The snake in the photo was one we encountered while walking another dog in the Rillito River in Tucson. We never saw it as we walked right up to it and were close enough for it to strike. They stay so well hidden in the shadows.

So, be cautious out there!

Making salsa in Tucson – iTimelapse

Using an iPad 2 with iTimelapse app – recommended by

Fresh produce at River Road Gardens Farm Market in Tucson

For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

As the weather gets cooler, rattlesnakes may be out warming in the sun

So, be careful while hiking, walking, and with your pets.

Tucson Hiking


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Where to find fragrant firewood for your fireplace in Tucson

If you are looking for a “good wood” and “good measure – good price – good delivery“, then visit Good Wood Residential and Commercial Firewood on the corner of Stone Avenue and Sahuaro Street. Their yard is located just south of Grant on Stone.

Choose from cedar, juniper, mesquite, pecan, pine, eucalyptus, oak and more.

GOOD WOOD Residential and Commercial Firewood
Tucson, Arizona

Saguaro cactus flowers starting to bloom in Tucson

Saguaro Cactus in bloom

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We have seen saguaro cactus flowers in bloom most months in Tucson. However, it is a rare flower or two that you see in the late fall and winter months. Starting this month, and for the next couple of months, you will really see the saguaro cacti pop with beautiful white flowers.

The wildflowers continue to bloom, and also today we really noticed the small yellow creosote bushes and red ocotillo flowers. A beautiful time to visit Tucson.

Finger Rock Trail exploding with colorful wildflowers in Tucson

Finger Rock

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The wildflowers are really popping out along Finger Rock Trail in Tucson’s Catalina Mountains. While there are already many flowers in bloom along the trail, the next two weeks will be even better.

The “Poppy” wildflowers start right as the trail takes a steeper incline about an hour in the initial more level trail. So, even if you don’t want to walk a more difficult trail, just hike it for 30 yards to see some spectacular flowers.

To see a SLIDESHOW of Finger Rock Trail, and to see some recent wildflowers, CLICK HERE.

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We wish all a Happy Easter from the beautiful Catalina Mountains in Tucson, Arizona!

Butterfly Exhibit at Tucson Botanical Gardens

Butterfly at Tucson Botanical Gardens

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The Butterfly Exhibit at Tucson Botanical Gardens is something to experience. The butterflies are like slow floating pets landing on hats, jeans, and even hands holding cameras. The temperature is very warm inside, to stimulate the butterflies, so wear shorts and a short sleeve shirt.

CLICK HERE to see some photos from inside.

Love Plants? Then visit Arizona Botanical Gardens

Prickly Pear Cactus

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If you love cacti, like this heart-shaped prickly pear cactus, then you will love Arizona’s Botanical Gardens.

Some great places to visit include Tohono Chul Park, Sedona Botanical Gardens, Desert Botanical Garden, Tucson Botanical Garden, The Arboretum at Flagstaff, Boyce Thompson Arboretum, and the Arboretum at Arizona State University.

Click Here for more Arizona Botanical Garden information.

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