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.