Back in the USA in May

Our first National Park this year is Saguarro. We have been visiting the Sonoran desert this May, the time when the desert blooms. Astonishing array of flowers, but the star of the desert is without a doubt the saguaro. This cactus blooms age 30, grows to a massive 1600lbs. It is so big that inside each cactus is a woody framework. They provide food for humans and birds, live to 150 years and often contain numerous nests.

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Even better, we have seen 3 species of snake in 4 days. As usual the snakes disappeared away from us when they could, except for the diamond back rattlesnake. This snake was crossing the path and when it heard or saw us it doubled back to check us out. We just missed getting a picture of the King snake.

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 the coach whip snake

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Western diamondback rattle snake.