Sunday, November 3, 2013

Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum

The day after Du Nats I was fortunate enough to spend seven hours touring the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum with some amazing people. We arrived early in the morning and strolled more than two miles along the asphalt and gravel pathways while taking in the sights and sounds of a living museum.  The ASDM pays tribute to and offers a short course in the history and livelihood of the vast Sonora Desert which spans a vast area of northwest Mexico and the southwest of the U.S.

The 21-acre facility features more than 1200 native flora species and 230 native fauna species that are in 16 separate gardens throughout the desert landscape that makes up the museum. In other words, there was a lot to see. Enough that we were not able to see a few of the more elusive animals in our day-long visit.

Below are some of the amateur 200+ photos I took with my point and shoot Canon elf. Hopefully, these photos will entice you to spend one of your valuable days exploring and learning the ASDM. You'll be glad that you made the effort. Click and take in a slideshow.

ASDM is short drive from Tucson
Sights near Gates Pass approach
Near Gates Pass
Valley approach near Old Tucson

Enclosed nests were plentiful
A young fasciated saguaro 

Napping beast - even chasing Andy at
the museum proved taxing.
Looking east toward Tucson
This sign needs an update
Oh, we see you!
No, those tattoo numbers are
not easily removed.
Raven in a raptor show.

The owl was miked - she called
to it and the other raptors.
Great horned owl = majestic presence

Red tailed hawk found a friend (dot) and
decided not to entertain us

Snacking otter

Humor in the arachnid room

Immense beauty

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