09/28/2013

Made a short trip to the Desert Botanical Garden on Saturday. Arrived before 8:00 am, and left before 9:30 am. Quickly found out it was not the best day to go if you are a member. The DBG was celebrating it’s 75th anniversary, and entrance to the Garden was free. So, needless to say, lots of people. If you are not currently a member (we would highly recommend it) now is the time to become one, the membership rates go up on Tuesday, October 1st. If you are a member, another benefit is that you can enter the Garden an hour earlier on Wednesdays and Sundays.

 

Desert Discovery Loop Trail

We decided to head over toward the Desert Oasis on the Plants & People Trail (click here for DBG map). To get there you need to first take the Desert Discovery Loop Trail. Found the impressive lizard below on the Desert Discovery Trail. I believe it’s a Desert Spiny Lizard.¬† You can see how well they blend into the surrounding desert (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/320 sec, f/6.3, ISO 100).

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Desert Spiny Lizard blending into the surrounding desert

Captured an interesting close-up of a hummingbird feeding on nectar. This was taken during our walk back from the Plants & People Trail (photo info: 500mm, 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

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Hummingbird feeding on nectar.

A Toothpick Cactus flower is shown below (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/320 sec, f/14, ISO 200). The Toothpick Cactus is native to the deserts of Argentina and Bolivia. This was also taken during our return from the Plants & People Trail.

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A macro of the Toothpick Cactus flower.

Plants & People of the Sonoran Desert Loop Trail

Spotted a Great Horned Owl trying to get some sleep in one of the Cottonwood trees (photo info: 500mm, 1/100 sec, f/8, ISO 400). This is near the Desert Oasis.

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Great Horned Owl trying to get some sleep.

We found more than a few bees in the Native Crop Garden (photo info: 90mm macro, 1/200 sec, f/9, ISO 400).

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A close-up macro shot of a bee collecting pollen.

Below is a close-up head shot of a male Gambel’s Quail calling out. We heard it long before we spotted him (photo info: 500mm, 1/200 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

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A close-up view of a Gambel’s Quail calling out.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for our photo trip to the Desert Botanical Garden. Adios!

P.S.

Our next photo trip will take us to a very unique location.