I wasn't sure what to expect regarding the topography, but I didn't think there would be so many blooms during this time of year. This is considered winter in AZ as well, although it looked like spring to me.
The Sonoran Desert is really quite beautiful.
This is what happens to a Saguaro Cactus when it dies. The insides are like bundles of bamboo holding up their massive structures.
The Fish Hook Barrel Cactus produces this fruit which was plentiful during our stay.
It tastes like a green pepper mixed with rhubarb. It is very, very tart! I could see making in into some type of vinaigrette or jelly. It definitely needs something to tame it's tartness.
Another thing that surprised me about the desert were the smells. Whenever we walked outside, it smelled like honeysuckle. We were told it was coming from a certain plant which was starting to bloom. I love mountains, and rivers, and lakes...but I also found that I love the desert as well.