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Riding in the Desert on a Horse With No Name...

Okay, I realize the title here has nothing to do with the gardens. But, but....it's the only thing I could think of that pertains to the Desert Garden at our Botanical Garden.  One of my favorite songs [linked above]...
I've actually BEEN in the desert on a horse when living in Tucson...did the horse have a name? Probably, but I like this song, 'cause the lyrics really can be quite truthful. Okay, 'nough of that, moving on down....

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Besides the 'free' wild birds that are found on the lakes and in the trees and shrubs along the paths, near the gift shop and orchid house there are caged birds [and a caged iguana]...once found in the tropics such as this one that will greet you as you step out the door to peruse the grounds. A sweet hello is oftentimes heard...



There is a butterfly house along the one walkway as you leave the caged birds, and the desert garden is beyond this area, filled with cactus and different types of agave. The massive cactus seen here is an Organ Pipe Cactus which I've been there when it is blooming [blossom seen HERE]. And the orange blossom of the agave, look closely; a wasp is gathering nectar...



On a hot, humid day there are benches nestled in the shaded areas for cooling off and the boardwalk extends beyond taking you into the untamed, more wild area all the way to the creek that is often flooded during the wet season.






When the birding is over, and I head back to peruse the gift shop, this time I stopped at the Rose Garden Cotillion. Those pictures, the last stop for photo ops at the Botanical Gardens for this time of year, will conclude my day in the next posting...



PART I

26 comments :

  1. Wonderful pictures, even that scary iguana in the last one! :-)

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    1. It's caged...that's why I stuck around. Lol

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  2. our Selby Gardens and Jungle Gardens have deserts also, a small part of the acrage is sand and cactus and things that live in the desert... I remember this song but never really heard the lyrics, I just read them while listening... it is odd how songs pop into our heads when we hear a word or words....

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    1. I hum this song a lot when I'm out walking the chaparals here, locally.

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  3. The wasp on the Agave blossom interests me. The only Agave blossoms I've ever seen were VERY high in the sky. Did you zoom to get that shot? It is amazing!

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    1. Well, these particular blossoms are about 18" off the ground. No zoom.

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  4. One of my favorite songs...thanks for the links to it and to the photo of the cactus blossom. I would love to walk down that boardwalk!

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    1. It's a really quuet area beyond that boardwalk.

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  5. I love small little gift shops, like those found in hospitals. Usually they have the most unique items... and usually pricey but... nice as a treat once in awhile. Love, Andrea xoxo

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  6. I just love Botanical Gardens, and yours looks like one of the best. Your Blue Macaw shot is beautiful. Gorgeous butterflies. I have never heard of Organ Pipe Cactus!

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  7. There are a lot of times when I'm doing a post that a certain song will come to mind. Most of the song may not match the topic of my post but the song title or a line from it fits.

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  8. You live in an area that has so much variety to offer. From Birds to butterflies and so much more. Thanks for sharing this.

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  9. What an interesting place to visit!
    Have a great weekend!

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    1. That it is. I try to get there once a season.

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  10. Hello, there is a pub in the Fells Point area of Baltimore called The Horse with No Name. It is a very popular place. Beautiful photos from your visit to the garden. I love the Macaw and the iguana. Pretty blooms and butterflies. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post today. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks also for the comment and visit to my blog.

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    1. Glad you could stop by. And thanks for hosting Saturday Critters.

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  11. The title had me listening to the song on the internet (which took me down memory lane, so thanks for that). Some amazing pictures here too Anni.

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  12. Anni you live in a gorgeous area!! So much wild life to enjoy
    Happy St. Patrick's day
    Hugs Cecilia

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    1. Hooe you had a great st. Patty's day too C!!

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  13. I love them all! My son had an iguana, when he was a kid.
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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    1. I probably would've never allowed one in the house.

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