Hiking in Saguaro East yesterday, got a few photos of cactus blooms.
This staghorn cholla was the only cholla with blooms.
Less than half of the saguaros appear to have buds. Some have buds and blooms.
Loading the photos to the laptop and then reviewing them is when I noted the bees coming in for a landing on the blooms. Credit goes to the Canon SX230.
The prickly pear are also blooming.
The good thing about flora is that it stands still for photos. Not so with the representatives of fauna. Didn't get any photos.
Rabbits and deer were spotted -- heading away from me. Not good for photos. Numerous lizards of different species were seen. A black coach whip snake left the trail as I approached.
At the end of the hike and leaving the park is when the bull snake crossed the road. Stopped the truck to allow him safe passage.
Then it was the gila monster that I saw making a hasty retreat down the middle of the road. Stopped in the road, grabbed the camera and jumped out. In the grass and brush on the side of the road it was impossible to spot the gila monster with its camouflaged body.
It was a great morning for a hike to experience the natural world. I'll be back.