Sunday, August 26, 2007

Night at the (Desert) Museum

Last night we ventured, with our friends Todd and Anna and their two daughters, to the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum's Summer Saturday Nights. On Saturday evenings over the summer, the outdoor museum stays open late, and like the movie Night at the Museum, strange things are afoot on the grounds come nightfall:


A lit and dried agave bloom that stands about 20 feet high.



An unlit saguaro that stands about 40 feet high.



"So, saguaro today?"



Our favorite evening pursuit at the Desert Museum is hunting scorpions with a black light.



Not only did we find plenty of scorpions, but we saw far more tarantulas than we usually see.



The males, like this one, are out looking for love. But then, aren't we all?



Speaking of love, bats love the night-blooming datura.



But we don't love (if only at night) the unlit cholla cacti precariously close to the paths of the museum.



On or near most of the prickly pear, large spiders spun webs in eager anticipation of moths and other desert delictables. The spider and its web didn't turn out in this photo, I'm afraid.



Our younger daughter cheerily investigates a cholla that appears to be hugging (or wrestling?) a barrel cactus.



A yucca (or it could be a Joshua tree), with three-quarters moon in the far distance.



Our group of girls learns a bit more about bats from a Desert Museum docent.
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Though less discernable at night, many walls of the Desert Museum are painted in deep shades of blue and purple. It's a wonderful contrast against the brown desert rocks and green, gray-green, and yellow-green desert succulents.

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Though we didn't get back home until nearly 11 p.m., we had a great time; honestly, I've never not had a great time at the Desert Museum!

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1 comment:

Beccas-thoughts said...

Very nice pics.. I use to live in Phoenix many years ago..
Becca
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