Saturday, July 28, 2007

Bear Canyon

This morning the girls and I, with one of their friends, went for a hike on the Bear Canyon trail, adjacent to the more-known Sabino Canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains north of Tucson. The weather, as it's been for the last week or more, was cool. No rain there, but lots of rain at our house now, as I type this. More than a handful of photos, of course:

At the trailhead: mine are the two on the right.

From the trail, which heads north and then northeast into the mountains.

I was surprised to see fruit still on some saguaros, as here, but even more surprised to see that some saguaros---a very few---are still flowering. Normally they flower only in May.

Our youngest knows better than to shake hands with a saguaro, no matter how tempting!

Some prickly pear cactus didn't have any fruit...

... though many did.

How cool is it to find a heart-shaped rock?

Approaching Bear Canyon.

With all the rain we've had, the desert is as lush as it's ever been, it seems.

The Sonoran desert is always relatively green, though; at least in the Catalina foothills.

There were a number of different species, and shades, of prickly pears.

Another lovely view toward the canyon.

On the trail we crossed a (conveniently) dry wash; this was our view as we walked back (looking over our shoulder).

Parting shot: A great way to start a Saturday morning!


jd said...

What an amazing hike. Thanks for sharing.

Lauren said...

Ohhhhh, Tucson! It looks so beautiful with all the rain making everything green.