Fascinating Desert Plants from February in Tuscon, Arizona

During frigid February days in New England, I was happily transported by photos Julie Shaw texted during her brief family vacation in Arizona. Inspired by those radiant images from that distinctly different landscape, I asked her to share some in a post on Pleasures of Plants. Fortunately for all viewers, she responded with the following images, including well-researched enlightening captions and notes.

Photos 1, 2, and 3 are by Julie Shaw. Photos 4, 5, and 6 are by Susie Shaw.

These photos were all taken in late February at the Tanque Verde Ranch in Tucson, Arizona.

1.      Prickly Pear Cactus, very plentiful at Tanque Verde Ranch. It grows in many climates but is particularly beautiful here.   
2.      Golden Barrel Cactus in front of a Yucca plant
 3.      Santa Rita Purple Prickly Cactus 
4.       Saguaro Cactus. These giants can live up to 200 years and are found exclusively in the Sonoran Desert.
 5.       More Prickly Pear
 6.       Saguaro Skeleton.  When the Saguaro die, their woody leaves can be used for roofs and fences.

Many thanks to Julie Shaw and Susie Shaw for sharing their photos and perspectives!

Published by deborahlee713

writer, educator, museum volunteer; My camera and I are reflected in the blue globe within the sculpture installation,"The Sky is the Limit" by Geoff Nelson. From slideshow in post: HISTORIC AND CURRENT ART AT CHESTERWOOD

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