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Tucson, Arizona! (Photos Of The Surrounding Desert Beauty - August 2006)

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Tucson, Arizona

Tucson, Arizona. The name conjures up visions of the desert, intense heat and a drought stricken land. Such is true, but only to a point. We had quite a few days of storms with a very decent rainfall. After the rain fall, the desert comes alive: lush, green and full of life.
Saguaro In Bloom The storms prompted quite a few surprises. Note the saguaro (Carnegiea gigantea) bloom. This picture was taken on August 5, 2006.
Arizona Fishhook Barrel Arizona Fishhook Barrel (Ferocactus wislizenii) starting to bloom.
Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) leafed up. A desert tree that just can not get any greener thanks to the rains.
Prickly Pear (Opuntia engelmannii v. engelmannii) in a wash that still has water. Itís been five days since the last storm.
Arizona A rare sight: A desert waterfall. The sound, sight and smell of water is very inspiring.
The run-off from the waterfall.
The desert showing off its greenery.
A desert hillside.
Desert view.
The desert floor.
A quiet canyon.

-These pictures and commentary were submitted by Joel Smith in Tucson, Arizona.

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