To Phoenix With Mom – Day Two

Day two, we got up at a reasonable hour, had a little breakfast, and were off to Desert Botanical Garden for a lovely bird, desert plant and cactus experience.  DBG is a really large, well-laid-out botanical garden.  It’s a beautiful place.

I was happy to see that the Chihuly stuff at the entrance is still there.  It looks perfect.  Here is a nice cactus-scape, and a picture of two tourists.

It’s pretty hard to take a bad photo here.  However, somehow I managed.  The blur in the third photo is an Anna’s Hummingbird.

We ate lunch at the garden cafe, and while we were eating, there was quite a show on the trashcan.  All kinds of birds were checking out the trash and the trays on top.  First, a Curve-Billed Thrasher and a Gambel’s Quail.  Second, a European Starling and a Curve-Billed Thrasher.  Third, a Cactus Wren.

Also making an appearance was a curious Greater Roadrunner.  He didn’t stay long, but I did get ONE good photo of him.

Here’s a Curve-Billed Thrasher who is protecting his prized cactus fruit with his life, and a Verdin, clinging to some Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens) flowers.

Some more lovely flowers (the first one is a fancy lavender, the second is a scorpion-weed).

After the gardens, we went to the Phoenix Zoo.  So many great animals!  Below are some Watusi Cows, a strange and colorful stork, and some cute African River Otters:

Sleeping warthogs (awwww…), an Egyptian Goose (why does he remind me of a little old balding man?!), and a pelican whose reflection I liked:

A Black Vulture who looked like he was whistling, and Mr. and Mrs. Northern Shoveler:

…and a Ring-Necked Duck (new to my bird list, and not in captivity):

Last but not least, we have some photos from the ‘On A Stick’ department.

Where do the sticks GO when it lays down?!

After the zoo, we went back to the motel room, and sat for a while.  Ahhhh.  For dinner, we went to Cafe Istanbul, which is a favorite.  It was great.  That was pretty much the end of our day.

Thanks for visiting and commenting!

12 Responses to To Phoenix With Mom – Day Two

  • Exquisite photos! Got tired just being reminded about all the things we did on that particular day. The whole experience was a great pleasure.

  • Thanks for the “on a stick” category. I have decided that in my next life, I would like to be a river otter…mostly because I like to play in the river and put my food on my belly while eating.

  • Sonja (AKA ‘mom’) – It WAS a great pleasure, and I thank you again for your good company.

    Janet – Yeah, the ‘On A Stick’ thing was cracking me up. I really do want to know where the sticks go when they lay on the ground like that!

  • I love otters…Looks lovely in Phoenix – lots of sun. Sigh. I’m back in the land of clouds and gloom. 🙁

  • Looks to me like a great trip down in cactus land. Throw in a flock of good looking birds a few good meals and you’ve got yourselves a fine adventure. The pictures are very good and will trigger some good memories.

  • What fantastic pictures! Especially the humming bird. You have to be pretty darn quick to get a good picture of one of those.

  • Jen – Sorry you’re in the cold zone. 🙁

    Uncle Doug – It was a great trip. That’s the main reason I take a zillion photos…to be able to look back and have the memories of good times again. 🙂

    Aunt Marcy – Thanks! That wasn’t one of my better hummer photos of all time, but it was the best one I got on this trip.

  • Wow, you got a lot of pretty birds in the photos! I liked the warthog one and as for why the Egyptian Goose reminding you of an old bald man??? I’m not sure how that’s possible but maybe he was literally bald and that’s how it looked.

  • Chris – Yep, that’s totally possible. 😀

  • You ought to be arrested for vulture abuse……….

  • John the Magnificent (AKA ‘dad’) – I didn’t abuse him, but I did feel a bit violated…he whistled at me.

  • Katie,

    I’ll look forward to the time that we get to go the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. Supposedly we can also find the natural habitat of Graptopetalum rusbyii. And then there’s at least three or four kind of Echnomastus in Florence, IIRC. I’ll be in AZ in late February so I hope I can see you a second time!

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