When we finished with breakfast, Don decided he wasn't ready to go "home" so he turned east, southeast towards the mountains. We passed through Florence and marveled at how many maximum security prison units are there. Did you know that Arizona leases prison space to other states. Alaska even has prisoners here.
I digress. We were riding along enjoying the scenery when we passed a sign that read, "Boyce Thompson Arboretum." Well, you know me and flowers, trees and plants. Don enjoys them as well, so we turned into the arboretum area. Lots of folks had the same idea. They were even having an art fair today.
Unfortunately, the battery in my camera was gone just before we reached the tree that was getting so much attention. Hanging in said tree was a tiny hummingbird nest which was inhabited by two tiny "chicks" and the mother hummingbird was perched on the edge feeding her babies like crazy. As Don so eloquently put it, "I've been to three goat "ropin's" and two state fairs and I've never seen anything like this." So I must document the activity with words so I will never forget it.
I took lots of pictures and I hope you enjoy these few.
Aloe A Common Olive Tree loaded with little black olives.There were several varieties of Rock Roses. This is a very interesting shrub that I did not know existed. We need a few of these in our cactus garden. This is the Pansy Rock Rose.Rock Roses. Varieties of Aloe.Another rose I've never seen and I can't remember the name, but they are tiny, maybe an inch across and grow in clusters. Really showy as they grow on a vine and run up rock walls and fences. Made me want to be a Wedding Designer.What fascinates me about these Saguaro is old they are. When you see a Saguaro this size, you know it's been around for many years.Don on the wooden suspension bridge across the Queen Creek. The pomegranate trees or bushes were beautiful.Let's just face it... few things in a dead state are as appealing to the eye as a dead tree. Uh-oh, my mind's wheels are turning. That's a true statement and there must be a reason. Maybe it's because the Cross my Savior died on was made from a dead tree... the ultimate sacrifice was made for me on a dead tree. My passion for the dead tree is even greater now. See, the dead cactus just doesn't have the eye appeal of a dead tree. This was a nice incline, one of several in the Arboretum.Don's very grateful for the park bench. Remember the suspension bridge Don was on a few pictures back? Can you see it in the distance in this picture? No? Me either, but it's back there somewhere behind the rock somewhere. My favorite, the yellow rose of the desert. Reminds me of growing up in Texas. (There's a bee hiding in there.)Claret Cup HedgehogsI could never find an identifying label for this bush. They were all loaded with these blooms. Now you know what Don's goal was. He saw there was a "lake" on the park map and he was on a mission. And we made it!! And then my battery was gone. We finished our outing at the Superior Texas Stop Sign (Dairy Queen). A perfect ending to a beautiful day out together.
We are so blessed.