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May 5, 2009 / Bo Mackison

Desert in Living Color

Spring in the Desert

Spring in the Desert

On our April trip to the Southwest, we visited the Boyce Thompson Arboretum near Superior, Arizona, about an hour’s drive east of Phoenix. The arboretum features collections of plants found not only in the Sonoran Desert, but in arid and desert lands around the world.

For anyone who thinks deserts are mostly sand and cactus, I offer this photograph as proof that the desert does indeed come alive in color.


  1. oneshotbeyond / May 5 2009 5:35 pm

    it’s gorgeous and great knowing that the deserts don’t have to be so blah! I always enjoy glorious looking sunsets over the blahness though.


  2. iheartfilm / May 5 2009 6:52 pm

    Great purple cactus.

    • Bo / May 7 2009 5:04 am

      I love the purple cactus, too. I admit I didn’t even know there were purple cacti until recently.

  3. Robin / May 5 2009 7:41 pm

    This is a WOW picture, Bo.

    WOW! 🙂

    The mix of colors and the framing is wonderful. This is my new favorite.

  4. montucky / May 5 2009 7:54 pm

    That’s a spectacular shot Bo! Makes me homesick for the desert.

    • Bo / May 7 2009 5:08 am

      Must be hard to choose between the mountains and the desert. I always thought I’d love to live in the mountains, but I’ve become quite taken by the Sonoran desert!

  5. Marcie / May 6 2009 3:11 am

    These colors are gorgeous. It’s like a mosaic. Beautifu!!!

    • Bo / May 7 2009 5:07 am

      I keep thinking it would make a great jigsaw puzzle. All the detail and mixing of textures and colors.

  6. Gandalf / May 6 2009 8:20 am

    Mosaic is a great description of this shot. Very nice.

  7. amuirin / May 8 2009 3:18 pm

    It’s almost *too* pretty.

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