There is a “Birding Walk at Sweetwater Wetlands” in Tucson.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park
2667 W. Sweetwater Drive
It will be a leisurely walk led by birding experts. Expect to see a variety of wintering sparrows, hawks, falcons and migrating warblers. Bring your binoculars. Ages 12 and up. Reservations required.
8-9:30 a.m. on Jan. 19th. Free. 615-7855.
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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.
The Roy P. Drachman Agua Caliente Regional Park (in east Tucson) is a great place to walk, bird watch, picnic or have your family portrait taken. We were out there today, and people were doing just that.
The historic ranch house was open and had an art show, with all of the artwork having bird themes, from various Tucson artists.
For interesting places to see here in Tucson, Arizona, visit TucsonMenu.com.
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.
As part of Tohono Chul Park’s 2009 Fall Concert Series, the DeGrazia Guitar Band performed for Tucsonans on a beautiful fall evening last night. The concert area was covered by a canopy of slightly illuminated trees, and it seemed as though the crickets were brought in to compliment the atmosphere. They too made wonderul music in between songs.
Domingo DeGrazia, and the DeGrazia Spanish Guitar Band were outstanding. They all have great passion for their music and the crowd loved it. We will be back to see them play again and you can too, as their local performance schedule is listed on their site. Domingo’s Spanish, Latin and Flamenco guitar style is fantastic. He is also a very good story teller, and we enjoyed the story of how the band came to know Violinist, Beth Daunis. She makes beautiful empassioned music, dancing with the violin as she plays. The crowd really loved it. We know we did.
One of our favorite parts of the concert was Domingo talking about his father, and visiting the DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun each year and his father’s gravesite where he composes a song. He played one of those songs he wrote as a tribute to his father, Ted DeGrazia. He would have loved to hear him last night, and we think he did.
White-throated Woodrats (Neotoma albigula), are also known as Packrats because of their habit of collecting all kinds of stray junk, plants, and sticks and bringing them back to their nests, which can be piled high. We had heard that they like “shiny things“, and even found a cell phone on one nest in the desert. It is best to keep your Arizona Plants cleaned up, to deny them a “nest” on your property.
They can be very destructive to homes, garages, and it is not uncommon to have them build nests inside car engines and then chew on electrical wiring. The one pictured here was right where we don’t mind having it, out in the desert and enjoying one of the many prickly pear cacti.
These are fishhook barrel cactus in bloom and we all photographed today in the desert.
During their sales events, they usually sell rescued Fishhook Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus wislizenii), like those pictured above. They also sell Hedgehogs (Echinocereus fasiculatus), Mammillaria (Mammillaria grahamii), and sometimes Chollas and Cholla wood and the occasional Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens).
You will find the link to Tucson Cactus and Succulent Society and other Arizona Plant and Flower Clubs on ArizonaPlants.com.
The creosote bush is a flowering plant, as pictured here, that we photographed today. It is a common species in the Southwest, including our Arizona Sonoran desert. When it rains, this is one of the plants that makes our desert smell so fragrant. Native Americans in the Southwest used this plant for medicinal purposes.
Learn more about Arizona plants, by visiting our Arizona Botanical Gardens.
The Mexican bird of paradise plants are blooming, attracting beautiful bees and butterflies. Click here to see some of our photos. Also, we are starting to see some of them with the seed pods turning brown and falling to the ground. So, get your seeds and plant your own. And, visit an Arizona Botanical Garden today.