Prickly Pear In The Spring

It’s that time of year when the prickly pear cactus start budding flowers. They are so interesting looking – especially through a macro lens. The tiny polka dots on the pads are normally not visible to my naked eye. This one, which is native to Mexico, is an Opuntia ficus-indica. https://worldofsucculents.com/opuntia-ficus-indica-indian-fig-barbary-fig-cactus-pear/   Fruit, which may or may […]

Waiting for Some Rain

It’s June, which in Tucson means it’s hot and dry. Our monsoon won’t kick in until about the first week in July, so for now the native prickly pear cactus are looking flat and dehydrated. Add to this heat and super low humidity the winds we have in April, May and June and the ever-present […]

Prickly Pear Flower Buds

In February we had three days of temperatures that hovered at about fifteen degrees fahrenheit. These kind of temperatures just don’t happen in a place like Tucson, but this winter they did. My city is still showing the signs of the freeze by the numerous palm trees sporting brown crowns, citrus trees which have totally died and thousands […]

Hope Camp Trail – Tucson

On this day a year ago I was hiking with my son on the Hope Camp Trail, also known as the Loma Alta Trail, since it’s trailhead is at the north end of Camino Loma Alta Road. Drive east on Old Spanish Trail to Camino Loma Alta and turn left (north). The last half-mile or […]