Succulents at Boyce Thompson Arboretum

Note: I return to Wisconsin on Friday, and should be able to return to my usual several-times-a-week posting schedule starting next weekend.

This afternoon we visited Boyce Thompson Arboretum, a state park east of the Phoenix valley, one of my favorite places in the area. It’s a great place to see birds and, in the warmer months, lizards. Some areas have been left fairly natural, while some have been more formally landscaped with desert plants, and I love the varied shapes, colors, and textures of the succulents – native agaves, African aloes, and others. “Succulents” are plants that can store water in their fleshy leaves, which is usually an adaptation for dry climates.

Click on any thumbnail in the gallery below to bring up a slideshow (let me know in the comments if it’s not working right). I’m quite pleased with some of these photos.

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7 thoughts on “Succulents at Boyce Thompson Arboretum”

  1. Boyce Thompson Arboretum is one of my all time favorite birding locations. An oasis in the desert. I owe five of my life birds to that wonderful place: Cassin’s Vireo, Hermit Thrush, Spotted Towhee, Red-naped Sapsucker, and Rufuous-back Robin. The Oak Flat Campground a bit further east is also a great spot and where I saw my first Lewis’s Woodpecker and Juniper Titmouse.

    1. I’ve gotten some great lifers there too – Vermillion Flycatcher, Zone-tailed Hawk, Broad-billed Hummingbird, Varied Bunting, my own Red-naped Sapsucker. (Hermit Thrushes and Spotted Towhees were both among the birds we found yesterday, too.) I can never find the stupid Rufous-backed Robins that people constantly report there, though. They don’t like me.

  2. Hello Rebecca!
    I saw you in Jack Mathhews wonderful blog – and I like those photos of succulents. I’ve got no succulents in this climate, except I can see them in the Botanical gardens.
    I love all about nature. It’s interesting to me to see and read about the nature in other countries and places, and it’s also interesting to me that you live in a place with lots of birds.
    I’m Grethe from Denmark, but my blog name is Thyra!
    I’d like to subscribe to you now. .
    Best wishes
    Grethe `).

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