Tuesday, February 24, 2015 Phoenix
Destination: Desert Botanical Gardens
Same old, same old! Could we learn anything more about the desert than was housed at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum in Tucson? Well, yes! This outdoor museum was so different. The emphasis here was on survival in the desert.......How would we know:
….... that a creosote bush could live for 11,700 years
….... that each yucca has its own moth; if you transplant a yucca from one part of the desert, you better take its moth with you to germinate it
….... that the taproot of a mesquite tree can reach 200 ft. underground
….... that the wood from an ironwood tree burns so hot that it will melt the grate on your barbecue
….... that the Sonoran Desert has five distinct regions ranging from low desert to high chaparral and spanning from 10-25” of rainfall per year respectivelyl.
At the edge of the patio tucked away next to a short wall we met our first roadrunner which is the state bird of New Mexico. It and many little squawking quail were begging for bits of our apples.
Lou and Bonnie Janelle (LBJ) are career professionals who are currently pursuing life-long interests in photography and digital imaging techniques, respectively.