Saguaro Fruit Season

We found this young arm with two split open fruits on an early morning bike ride of the loop road in Saguaro National Park East unit. As you see in the second photo, ants and one huge horsefly were already working away at the wonderful stuff, but the doves, bats, and almost every other flying thing of the desert, hadn’t found this bounty. The only reason the doves and bats, in particular, don’t get all the saguaro fruit, is that there is so much of it.

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Monsoon Meltdown; Arizona Silly Season: The Monsoon Buildup.

People in most of the country think Arizona has no seasons. I once had that idea myself, until I lived for a year in Tucson. In Southern Arizona, there are two major seasons: the wet, and the dry. The wet is divided into two parts, what others call winter, and summer. The dry is also divided into two parts, corresponding to spring and autumn in the rest of the country. That’s the simple explanation, but like most simple explanations, omits the interesting stuff

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