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Japanese Friendship Gardens

Japanese Friendship Gardens – Phoenix, AZ

May 27, 20101

Here are some photos of our visit to the Japanese Friendship Gardens in Phoenix, Arizona.

Japanese Friendship Gardens in Phoenix.

This tranquil place is next to a park that covers Interstate 10 for almost a mile as it goes through downtown Phoenix.

Japanese Lantern

Japanese Lantern made of cement.

Hundreds of very large and healthy Koi

We especially enjoyed the hundreds of very large and healthy Koi in the pond.

Beautiful trees, rocks and waterfalls

Beautiful trees, rocks and waterfalls are all over the park.

One of hundreds of beautiful Koi

One of hundreds of beautiful Koi.

A few  of the hundreds of beautiful Koi.

A few of the hundreds of beautiful Koi.

A lantern near a waterfall.

Another lantern near a waterfall.

waterfall

One of many waterfalls.

waterfall in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, AZ.

Another view of the largest waterfall in the Japanese Friendship Garden in Phoenix, AZ.

Koi with beautiful flowing fins.

One of hundreds of Koi with beautiful flowing fins.

Koi looking for a handout

One of hundreds of Koi looking for a handout.

Hungry Koi looking for a handout.

About half way through our visit we bought them a bag of food for $1.

Another hungry Koi

Another hungry Koi.

feeding the Koi

Here’s my wife feeding the Koi (and the ducks).

feeding the Koi.

Look at the go after the food pellets.

Koi feeding frenzy.

A veritable feeding frenzy. Notice the duck getting in on the action.

Koi feeding frenzy

One more handful for the throng of hungry Koi.

beautiful park

A peaceful ending to a lovely day at this beautiful park.

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Apr/11

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Desert Botanical Garden

Desert Botanical Garden

April 23, 2011

Today we visited the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix, AZ. I love to see the cactus in bloom and there is a great butterfly exhibit in the Spring and Fall here. We went with our good friends Laurie and John and had a very good time exploring this great Botanical garden.

Boojum Tree

This odd looking Boojum Tree (Fouquieria columnaris) is about thirty feet (10m) tall.

Butterfly montage

Here is a montage of some of the many photos I took in the butterfly tent (which is approximately 100 feet long, 25 feet wide and 20 feet tall, made of netting with lots of plants and misters).

tall cactus with odd bloom

I think these are Organ Pipe Cactus but they have a very odd bloom that is very fuzzy.

Chollo Cactus

This is a Cholla cactus (sometimes spelled Chollo, but pronounced choya) which is backlit by the sun to create this startling effect.

Cylindropuntia Fulgida in the Desert Botanical Garden

Another shot of the Cholla Cactus (Cylindropuntia Fulgida) in the Desert Botanical Garden.

chollo cactus or cholla cactus

Cylindropuntia fulgida is also known as the hanging chain cholla, or the Jumping cholla.

more Cholla Cactus

The chollo cactus or cholla cactus is very pretty, but you do not want to touch it. Stay away!

Chilopsis or desert willow flower

I was surprised to see this Bignonia like flower on the Desert Willow Tree (or Chilopsis).

humming bird

This humming bird’s wings are moving so fast they are just a blur in this photo.

Joshua Tree or Yucca Brevifolia

This is one of the tallest Joshua Trees (Yucca Brevifolia) I have ever seen.

Mammillaria compressa flowers

I loved all the little flowers on this group of Mammillaria compressa cactus.

Fouquieria splendens

Although not a great picture of this Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) cactus in bloom, I love the sky behind it. Other names for this plant are desert coral, coachwhip, Jacob’s staff, and vine cactus, although it is not a true cactus.

Prickly Pear Cactus Yellow bloom

Here is a beautiful yellow bloom on a Prickly Pear cactus. This plant is also know as Opuntia, nopales or paddle cactus.

Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom

Another Prickly Pear Cactus in bloom. Notice the bee in the top right flower.

Prickly Pear Cactus bloom with bee

Another bee in a Prickly Pear Cactus bloom.

orange colored Prickly Pear cactus blooms

I like these orange colored Prickly Pear cactus blooms

Giant saguaro cactus

These giant saguaro (pronounced suwaro which rhymes with borrow) cactus are always impressive. The scientific name is Carnegiea gigantea.

Saguaro Cactus

This odd looking Saguaro Cactus is about thirty feet tall.

Cardon cactus or Cordon cactus

Although I thought this was another Saguaro Cactus I now think it is actually a Cardón cactus, Pachycereus pringlei, sometimes spelled Cardon cactus or Cordon cactus.

Saguaro Cactus

Another massive Saguaro Cactus with an interesting deformed limb.

saguaro cactus and papago butte

Here are some Saguaro cactus posing in front of the fascinating Papago Butte.

Saguaro cactus stump

Here is a stump from a long dead Saguaro cactus.

Saguaro cactus in front of the Papago Buttes

Another shot of a Saguaro cactus in front of the Papago Buttes in Phoenix, AZ.

Yucca plants in bloom

I found these young Yucca plants in bloom surrounding the stump of a fallen Joshua Tree very interesting.

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Superstition Mountains

Apache Junction, AZ – March 14, 2010

Today we headed North East of Mesa, Az. This is our 6th Winter in Mesa. It was good to get out of town for a few hours.

Superstition Mountains Roadside Marker in Apache Junction, AZ
Superstition Mountains Roadside Marker in Apache Junction, AZ

We started our trip from Apache Junction and headed out on Rte. 88. A few miles up the road we stopped at a roadside gallery run by some Native Americans and checked out their beautiful hand crafted art.

Superstition Mountains
Superstition Mountains

Although not a large range of mountains, more like a large outcropping, the Superstition Mountains are impressive for their ruggedness.

Along the road
Somewhere Along the Road

Here is a map of our excursion. These photos were taken near marker 2.

Along the road 2
Along the Road 2

Along the road 3
Along the Road 3

Along the road 4
Along the Road 4

Canyon Lake
Canyon Lake

This beautiful lake has many long arms, extending for miles and miles. We have taken a steamboat ride here several times.

Canyon Lake 2
Canyon Lake 2

Tortilla Flat
Tortilla Flat

This little town has a rather colorful history and is a common destination for bikers and people like us – just out for a Sunday drive.

Click here to see a map

Tortilla Flat Museum
Tortilla Flat Museum

Tortilla Flat River Crossing
Tortilla Flat River Crossing

This road is often flooded, and sometimes impassible, but crossed never-the-less.

Tortilla Flat Mail Box
Tortilla Flat Mail Box

I thought this Pony Express Mail Drop was very interesting and colorful.

Tortilla Flat History
Tortilla Flat History

This history on the other side of the mail box, which lists all the owners of the Tortilla Flat, is very interesting. Apparently there was a major fire in 1926 and the first Post office was built in 1927.

Lost Dutchman State Park
Lost Dutchman State Park

This state park is a good place to hike in the area.

Lost Dutchman State Park 2
Lost Dutchman State Park 2

Superstition Mountains Museum
Superstition Mountains Museum

Although we arrived after closing time, this appears to be a great museum.

Superstition Mountains Museum 2
Superstition Mountains Museum 2

Superstition Mountains Museum 3
Superstition Mountains Museum 3

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