Monarch Butterfly

Monarch Butterfly

We visited the Desert Botanical Garden today, a month after our last visit. The temperatures are heating up in Phoenix and there weren’t as many guests on this Thursday. We walked on the following trails: Plants and People of the Sonoran, the Desert Loop Trail, the Sonoran Desert Nature Loop Trail, the Desert Discovery Loop Trail, and the Desert Wildflower Loop Trail. A goodly number of plants were in bloom such as senita, Sudanese aloe, Texas olive, Arabian aloe, desert rose, soap-tree yucca, silver torch cactus, blind prickly pear, and fishhook barrel cactus. The butterfly pavilion will not be open too much longer. There were lots of butterflies including white peacock, pipevine swallowtail, painted lady, and zebra longwings. A painted lady latched on my wife for the duration of our stay in the pavilion. Interestingly, I took a picture of a monarch butterfly outside the pavilion. There were lots of birds active in the garden as well as a rock squirrel and some rabbits. Jeff Hebets constructed a twenty foot saguaro sculpture with pick heads used to salvage native plants. He dedicated this sculpture to his cousin, Phil Hebets, who originated a methodology to salvage more than a million native plants that would have otherwise been bulldozed. We also visited the Ottosen Gallery where Translucense, art work by David T. Kessler, is currently on display. I especially liked “Evening Splendor,” one of his acrylic on brushed aluminum pieces that conveys a dynamic waterscape that incorporates abstract and realistic imagery. Another great day at the Desert Botanical Garden.

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