We took a short road trip from Tucson to Madera Canyon yesterday. It was cool temps and fragrant pine air. A great “birding” spot! Yesterday we were fortunate to see some “wild turkeys”.
For a slide show of the big birds:
For a slideshow of another Madera Canyon visit, from Tucson through Sahuarita and Green Valley, see:
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We stopped in Rincon Market recently and had a delicious “Miller’s Melt” sandwich and a salad. Both were fresh and tasty. The atmosphere there at The Village at Sam Hughes (where Rincon Market is located) is interesting and comfortable. Just a minute or two from the University of Arizona in Tucson.
Well, there is gold somewhere in the Superstition Mountains, though the gold or yellow you see at the base of the mountains are wildflowers. Just southeast of Fountain Hills and Scottsdale is Apache Junction, Arizona. This is a great time to go out to the Superstition Mountain Museum and also hike into the Superstitions.
Pinal Pioneer Parkway is a 42-mile, two-lane highway that crosses a broad, almost untouched section of Sonoran Desert between Oracle Junction (just north of Tucson and west of Oracle) and Florence. Along the road you can stop at the Tom Mix Memorial, and picnic areas.
It is a very scenic drive and currently has beautiful wildflowers that line the roadside.
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.
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.
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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.
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.