The Sonoran Desert

Jennifer and I have been wandering in the desert for the last forty days and forty nights, first in the Mojave in California, and for most of January, the Sonoran Desert of Arizona. We have visited Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Saguaro National Park, and the Sonoran National Monument, which is literally out the back door of our RV park here at Gila Bend. One beautiful feature of the desert is our ability to wander in any direction our hearts desire. You don’t have to go very far before you are completely alone in a vastness that defies words. And it is stunningly beautiful.

The most common plant here is the creosote bush (see the second image in the slideshow). Though completely unphotogenic, they are interconnected underground and may live longer than anything else on earth. One is believed to be more than 10,000 years old. Much more photogenic are the many varieties of cactus, so it’s no surprise this post is mainly about my take on cacti.