Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson

Saturday, 13 March 1999.

This place is incredible.  I could have spent days there, but we only had the one day in Tucson.

The closest thing I got to pictures of the museum itself were two pictures along the road to it, so instead of the sort of ``introductory picture'' I tend to put at the top of each page, I will just include a link to their web site, and two pictures from the road there, the desert spreading below and the road through the gap in the hills.  (Incidentally, I think this may be the road in some recent Subaru WRX commercials.)

(I have got to go back to this place now that I have a decent camera.)
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Hairy cactus, and ocotillo in bloom.
The ocotillo cactus flowers even in dry years, like this one.
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Mountain lions.
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There were quite a few birds, both inside the aviaries (there are two, one just for hummingbirds) and just flitting about outside.  I have no idea what kind of bird this is, and could not really get many decent bird pictures.
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Black bear.
(Not sure what the big obstruction in the lower left foreground is.)
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Foxes.  I stretched the contrast way out to make the one fox visible.  The original picture is here, if you prefer it.
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Heeeere kitty kitty kitty!
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At least, I think the first one is a coyote.
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Prairie dogs.
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Teddy Bear Cholla.
There are several dozen different kinds of cholla.  I think the teddy bear stuff looks rather cute.  Those needles are sharp, though!

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