Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park is located in beautiful and scenic Queen Creek Canyon, three miles west of Superior. This is about an hours drive into the desert from Phoenix. The developer and philanthropist William Boyce Thompson established the Southwestern Arboretum in the mid-1920’s. The inspiration to create an arid-region arboretum sprang from a lifetime of fervent interest in things botanical, horticultural, and natural. Colonel Thompson made his fortune in mining stocks and spent many years on Wall Street. He made his first million dollars by 1906 and the following year purchased Magma Mine in Superior, Arizona which is only a few miles from the Arboretum .At the beginning of World War I, he was beginning to enter into politics, which he saw as a way to enhance his Wall Street standing. However, the war drove him more into national politics, and in 1917, Thompson was sent by the Wilson administration to Russia. To give him proper “credentials,” he was sent as a Lt. Colonel in the American Red Cross. The overriding objective of the Wilson administration was to assure that Russia would stay in the war, and not negotiate a separate peace with Germany. A long struggle to keep the Bolsheviks from power eventually resulted in perhaps a delay of from one month to six weeks and was thought by many after the war to have been a major factor in the winning of World War I.
The Arboretum was the first purely botanical institution in Arizona . However, to further goals held in common, Boyce Thompson Arboretum entered into a management agreement with the University of Arizona in the mid 1960’s. This agreement was expanded to include Arizona State Parks in 1976, in recognition of the great recreational, educational, and historical significance of the Arboretum to the people of Arizona.
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TROPOJANI (346) 2010-08-02 6:51
Well done...great job!
danos (83177) 2010-08-02 8:20
pleasant this colourful park in Arizona with the lot of arid plants to spread on the ground of it.I like this botanical sumptuous feast of colours.Informative your note as well.
John_F_Kennedy (42042) 2010-08-02 8:36
Awesome control of exposure, very natural colours and extreme details on these flowers. Well done.
ikeharel (52523) 2010-08-02 9:58
A multi-color's corner in the cactus garden, Roger.
Very beautiful picture taken, on good POV, and excelent lighting.
pierrefonds (55036) 2010-08-02 15:25
The yellow flowers and the trees are framing well the cacti. the point of view is allowing me to see the details and colors of this section of the arboretum. The afternoon light is enhancing the colors. Have a nice day.
SWEETFREEDOM (21662) 2010-08-03 0:03
what a nice picture with so many colors. amazing how many plants and flowers there are in this garden.
Cricri (101629) 2010-08-03 8:04
Une balade agréable et intéressante a voir avec tout ces cactus de couleurs, belle image et note
photoray (10289) 2010-08-03 18:07
The scene of cacti and flowers is very pleasing, all in colorful array.
I will have to add this garden to my bucketlist for next Spring.
yeln (11504) 2010-08-04 0:34
nature offers us a beautiful colors. we must only see them. you're lucky, and you have also captured through the lens! wery colorful!
adramad (35481) 2010-08-04 4:09
That magnificent and beautiful vision at this level on a detail of the garden, the variety of plants and cactus is charming and harmony among different species is well studied in terms of form and color, the result can not be more pleasant.
Good lighting and quality to admire everything in detail.
Have a nice day. Best regards.
paololg (31448) 2010-08-04 14:49
Ciao dear Roger,
fantastic image, seem really a surreal garden thinking that is in the desert, a true mirage! A pleasantly colored photo, with plants with strange forms. Excellent work, compliments!
CIao, have a nice day!
emka (73471) 2010-08-05 23:36
Usually when you think about the desert you immagine vast dunes or rocks without any trace of lie. And Arizona deserts are so different. It looks wonderful in spring time. Barrel cacti and yuccas amidst of flowers like in the meadow. Fantastic.
Have a nice day
danyy (0) 2010-08-09 23:26
merci pour cette critique sur ma photo de Sion, c'est une région que j'aime beaucoup.
Effectivement colorée, des lumùières fortesune photo qui est 100% naturelle. Elles est à mon gout un peu surexposée dans les zones claires sous le soleil.
C'est facilement traitable en post processing.
- Copyright: Roger Edgington (edge) (6070)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2006-04-22
- Categories: Nature
- Camera: Canon EOS 30D, Canon 17-55mm 2.8 USM IS, 77mm Hoya Circular Polarizer
- Exposure: f/5.0, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2010-08-02 6:49