Denis and I are both members of the Desert Botanical Garden here in Phoenix, and we love to go there just to sit at the Patio Cafe and watch the wildlife that shows up. We did this last week, and the Garden was filled with people from around the world. Within minutes I heard French, German, Italian, and Japanese. If I'd gone further along the pathways, I'm sure I would've heard several more languages.
I'm sharing the following photos with you, not to rub your snowbound noses into our glorious weather, but to prove to you that spring will come... it just tends to show up here first. Hey, some of my Aussie friends aren't even experiencing winter at the moment!
~~~ Some Chihuly ~~~
The Desert Botanical Garden has become known for its glass exhibits created by Dale Chihuly, so I thought I would show you some of those first. Don't forget that you can see all of these photos in larger sizes just by clicking on them. They will automatically open in a new window.
These exhibits are lit at night. The red "spears" in the photo above are tipped like agave leaves at the top.
Call me strange, but I'm more attracted to the saguaro skeleton than the glass spears in the photo above!
~~~ A Few Blooms ~~~
Okay, so these cacti aren't blooming, but I wanted to show you how big these organ pipe cacti can get. There's a human in that photo to show scale!
Some of the blooms are downright tiny!
And these little ladyfinger cacti look like they're on the lam... just about to make a break for it and scuttle across the sidewalk!
~~~ At the Patio Cafe ~~~
One of the best bits about sitting at the Patio Cafe is that one of my favorite birds, the Gambel's Quail, will gather around your feet. If you drop a piece of bread, don't bother trying to pick it up... it's gone!
But there are lots of other critters who frequent the Patio Cafe...
What's this little guy doing?
Snacking on cactus, that's what!
A true Arizonan always appreciates a patch of shade!
There now. Did you forget about winter for a minute or two? Good!