Poetry of travel: Life in the Sonoran Desert

Poetry of Travel — By on October 28, 2010 at 4:44 pm

Saguaro National Park

Inch along eight-mile long Cactus Forest Drive in Saguaro National Park and imagine traversing the landscape of a distant world. Gaze at the towering saguaro cacti with muscular arms reaching toward a gossamer blue sky. Ponder the dizzying variety of spiny vegetation that surrounds you: the oval-shaped prickly pear cactus, the aptly named barrel cactus, or the not very huggable teddy bear cactus. Contemplate the spectral presence of what is mostly unseen: the darting roadrunners, snorting javelinas, slithering rattlesnakes and furry tarantulas that dwell in the severe heat of the Sonoran Desert. Then, in the spring, wander through fields of wildflowers and blooming cacti, marvel at the eruption of reds, yellows, pinks and purples, and allow yourself to ponder the mysteries and wonders of life in the desert.

Photo credit: Bob Riel

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