Arizona, Day Three (BTA)

Well, I know you’ve all been waiting on pins and needles for the post about our last day in Arizona.  Wait no further!  Here it is.

For our third day, we went to the Boyce-Thompson Arboretum near Superior, AZ.  It’s a little less than an hour’s drive from Phoenix, and utterly worth the time.  BTA is a really well put-together botanical garden, arboretum, and birding area.  I love it!  If I lived closer, I’d be there all the time.  Here are some photos from BTA, in no particular order.

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Here are a few photos from inside the glass house.  The second photo shows a beautiful Aloe striata v. karasbergensis.  The third photo shows the hole someone poked into one of its leaves with their thumb.  People are buttholes.

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The rest of the photos for this post are birds.  Below are a Phainopepla, a Verdin on an Agave, and Mrs. Anna’s Hummingbird.

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…and Mr. Broad-Billed Hummingbird (with pollen on his head), Mr. Costa’s Hummingbird, and Mr. Anna’s Hummingbird dining with Mr. Broad-Billed Hummingbird.

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Last but certainly not least, here’s Mr. Broad-Billed Hummingbird dining alone.  This is possibly the best photo of the day, maybe even the whole trip.


Thanks for keeping up with and commenting on our annual Arizona trip!

16 Responses to Arizona, Day Three (BTA)

  • Wow, those hummingbird photos are amazing. I really like the one of them dining together. The neighbors put out a feeder, but we haven’t seen any so far this year yet. I guess it’s too early.

  • I had decided to wait until after you posted all three to comment so here’s the comment for them all. What a lovely trip and I’m glad you got to see so many different plants and birds! People sure are buttholes, I need look no further than the streets of St. George when I’m walking on a crosswalk as it is! Glad you had a great trip. 😀

  • Katie,
    you obviously enjoyed the trip. Thanks for the photos.
    Certainly 10 times I passed by the BTArboritum in the last 4 decades… always thinking ‘why should I stop and see trees I am not interested in?’
    But next time I’m close to it I definitely will ‘waste’ my time and visit it!


    • Jürgen – It is most definitely well worth the stop, it’s only $10/person entrance fee, and there are nowhere NEAR the crowds you see at other big-city botanical gardens. 🙂

  • Amazing picture of Mr. BB Hummingbird. Is he real? The other pix are good too. Must have been another fun trip for you both. Have never been in one of those big Botanical places, Saw a news clip about a flower art show in Philly that looked pretty fantastic.
    You shouldn’t judge the source of a hole in that Aloe plant. Coulda been a meteor or perhaps Mr. BB was probing for sweet juices in wrong places,….ya never know.

    • Uncle Doug – Thank you! I have relatives in Philly who go to the flower show every year, and love it! You should check it out. As for the Aloe hole…it could only have been a person, as it is in a glass house, and it’s perfectly thumb-shaped. 🙁

  • It was a good thing that we ventured back into the “model garden” section. Otherwise, we would never have seen these gorgeous hummingbirds. Now they can be added to my life list. Your photos of them are excellent.

  • Thank you so much for taking me on the trip via your great photos and narrative.

  • Katie, you take the most fantastic pictures of birds. Those cacti in the garden looked huge. It sounds like you both had a wonderful time.

  • That last pic is amazing, Katie!

  • Jen – Thank you! 🙂

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