- Tuesday, January 14, 2020
- Phoenix, Arizona
- Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport
- Airport with Camelback Mountain in background
Here kitty, kitty….
Adaptation keeps plants alive. Creosote trees have minuet wax-like coated leaves. Even with the leaves shed during droughts, photosynthesis can still occur as the green bark is rich in chloroform.
The trunk of a Saguaro tree is pleated. During rain, water is stored in expandable pleats which actually increase the circumference of the trunk.
For the hike, I paired with another female solo walker. Imagine our surprise when we were passed by an older man, all in black, without water.
Saguaros forest. It’s like pencils poked in a giant sand.
Saguaro primer…Saguaro (suh-wah-roe) can grow 40 feet tall and often exceed 150 years. Their side arms can appear at 75 to 100-years. Sometimes no side arms form and those Saguaro are called spears. It’s native to the Sonora Desert and the blossom is Arizona’s state wildflower. A familiar image on Arizona licenses 🌵.
Iconic Camelback Mountain forms Phoenix’s backdrop. It’s quite the hike.
Half-way up the Cholla Trail is a helicopter pad. What might that be for?
Caught me eye…