Hello all, a recent visit to the Sonoran Desert brought me to the Santa Catalina Mountains northeast of Tucson. I was pleasantly surprised at the diverse range of life in the desert and in spring the wildflowers are blooming.
The Santa Catalina Mountains represents about 5,500 acres of foothills, canyons and streams and this view is from the Catalina State Park land. It is home to about 5,000 saguaro cacti, and over 150 bird species due to the cottonwoods and ash trees in this riparian area.
"Originally known by the Tohono O'odham Indian nation as Babad Do'ag, the Catalinas were later named by Italian Jesuit priest Eusebio Francisco Kino in honor of St. Catherine in 1697." (Wikipedia)
Lots of hiking trails in this area. Looking to the far right in this image the cacti are in abundance. Also home to Hohokam Indians, the Romero Ruins Trail shows a small area with Indian ruins dating back 1,000 years.
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- Copyright: Karen Abel (kabel) (1865)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2014-04-05
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Nikon D 7000 Digital SLR, 18-105 mm f3.5-5.6 DX VR Nikkor
- Exposure: f/22, 1/10 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-04-08 7:02