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A short road trip from Tucson to Madera Canyon

Madera Canyon by SearchNetMedia
Madera Canyon, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

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:

Madera Canyon – slideshow #1

For a slideshow of another Madera Canyon visit, from Tucson through Sahuarita and Green Valley, see:

Santa Cruz Valley – Madera Canyon-Green Valley-Sahuarita – slideshow #2

For more places to visit around Madera Canyon, visit

The Arizona desert is in bloom

Gila woodpecker by SearchNetMedia
Gila woodpecker, a photo by SearchNetMedia on Flickr.

Have a delicious lunch in Rincon Market’s deli at The Village at Sam Hughes

Rincon Market
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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.

For a SLIDE SHOW of the Rincon Market and other shops at The Village at Sam Hughes – Click Here

Is that gold in the Superstition Mountains?

Superstition Mountains

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

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.

Wildlflowers in bloom along Pinal Pioneer Parkway

Arizona wildflowers

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

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.

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Saguaro cactus flowers starting to bloom in Tucson

Saguaro Cactus in bloom

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

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

Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

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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Originally uploaded by SearchNetMedia

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

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.

Mexican Bird of Paradise in bloom in Tucson

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.

Mexican Bird of Paradise

Mexican Bird of Paradise

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