Sometimes the bigger picture is just as amazing as the little one. Sunset in Saguaro National Park is really wonderful. If you come to Tucson, make sure you stop here or Gates Pass(or both!) for that wonderful Arizona sky.
It's hard at first to imagine that a desert is full of life because of the overwhelming "brown" color. Most park visitors from out of state and new to the desert miss the little critters in hiding. Can you spot the tiny Antelope Ground Squirrel in the pic above? And for my plant friends, do you remember what those cactus-y twig things are called behind the rocks? Clue. Start with an "o" and end with an "o":) Answer at bottom of the post.
Look closely in and around the vegetation. There is something always hiding nearby. But remember not to go digging too much or you may find more than you bargained for:)
Saguaro cactus come in all shapes and sizes. The above one is dead probably due to a lightning strike during monsoon. And while they may be dead, they make great perches for hawks and other birds.
And if you listen carefully, you'll hear the desert speak.