It's been a hectic last few days getting things ready, but we did manage to squeeze in a few walks and visits to a few of our favorite places: Saguaro National Park, Christopher Columbus Park, Sweetwater Wetlands, Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary, and DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.
From poppies and lupine to jewelflowers and penstemon, all kinds of spring wildflowers are starting to bloom at the Maeveen Behan Desert Sanctuary and in Saguaro National Park. It's the perfect time to get out on park trails and enjoy the spring weather, all the flower power, birds and butterflies. It's a really beautiful time to experience Tucson!
Speaking of birds, we had to go say goodbye to the ducks and waterbirds at Sweetwater Wetlands and Christopher Columbus Park, and boy did they put on a show for us! We saw a roadrunner hunting in the wetlands, ducks having territorial wars, and anhingas and herons out fishing. I love anhingas - I first saw them in the Everglades. Did you know that they are known as "snakebird" for the way they dive underwater after fish, and also as "water turkeys" for the way they fan out their tail feathers (like in the picture below!)