|Monday we went for hikes on two different trails and focused more on the flowers plants are producing. The cactus plants will produce fruit that the birds will eat. On some of the ground shrubs more seeds will emerge, again for bird and squirrels. And if the squirrels are well fed then the hawks will have plenty to eat. And so on. There were some very delicate white flowers that seemed almost out of place with all other plants producing orange, yellow, or red flowers. I also took a photo of a very old Saguaro with more arms that Marici (the Buddhist goddess of light). There were lots of holes in the arm created by Gila Woodpeckers and Flickers as nests. So its like a bird motel of sorts.
We also walked a trail that took us to some old Indian ruins and the remains of a Mexican ranch. Unfortunately there was not much to see – just a sign that told us what stood there previously and that there was no longer any physical evidence. On the positive side we got some good exercise but that’s it.
The weather has warmed back up so Tuesday we will head over the the Biosphere 2 facility and take a tour.