Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Arizona Sonora Desert Museum
I am continuing with photos taken while I showed Lynne the Tucson attractions. We visited the famed Arizona Sonora Desert Museum and I took many pictures. Here are four of them.
The first one is of a Teddy Bear Cholla (choy-ya).
Perhaps someone can identify the second one. It's a desert flower and looks something like a member of the Lily family.
The third one is looking toward the Tucson Mountains. The
branches in the upper right hand corner are an Ocotillo (ock-oh-tea-yoh) cactus.
The middle of the photo shows our famed Saguaro (sah-war-oh) cactus. It is only found in the
Sonora Desert and Baja, California. The Saguaro blossom is the state flower and you can see them at the top of this post. (I did not take this picture as the Saguaro only blooms in April and May.) The O'odham Indians use the fruit to make jam, jelly and other things. The Saguaro takes up to 75 years to develop an arm. They live more than 150 years and can become 75 feet tall. Some have lived 200 years (Even older than I am.)
ARIZONA SONORA DESERT MUSEUM facts:
The world renowned museum was founded in1952 by William Carr and Arthur Pack. It was one of the first naturalist zoos in the U. S. It is now a zoo, botanical garden and museum. The museum is a lab for research, education, and conservation of the Sonoran Desert.
Over 1/2 million people visit each year.
Tomorrow I will continue with the Museum.