I finally got the next installment of my Arizona trip up:

On Saturday March 5th I rolled out of bed at 4:30 and was on the road by 5: destination Gila Bend. I could not see going through Gila Bend without stopping at the gas station two doors down from the hotel we lived at during the Sonoran desert portion of my desert plant work.

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After my wander around the Patagonia-Sonoita Creek Preserve, I grabbed a quick snack in the car, made a dent in the two gallons of water I had stashed and headed out for the fourth spot of the day, the Patagonia Lake State Park Bird Trail, a spot where…

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Friday morning I got up at 4:30 AM and left the hotel around 5 AM; destination Sweetwater Wetland Park just west of Tucson off of Interstate 10.  I arrived at 6:40 AM, and was the first car in the lot. Light was a bit low for easy photography, but I saw lots of good wetland birds including Northern shovelers, Green winged teal, Pied billed grebes, Ruddy ducks, Cinnamon teal, Gadwall, and many many many calling Red-winged blackbirds.
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2016-03-03: Thursday evening Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

This is an after dark at the Gardens. The full magic of the Bruce Munro "Sonoran light" exhibit shines through after dark. I managed a few photos of almost all of the installations. The water towers and Beacon pieces were constructed out of clear plastic bottles with what looked like fiber optic lights inside. The towers, beacon, eden blooms, and field of light pieces all cycled through several colors. 

For more on the exhibit visit the Garden web page: https://www.dbg.org/events/bruce-munro-sonoran-light 
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2016-03-03: Thursday afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Here are several other bird I managed some snaps of in the afternoon.

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2016-03-03: Thursday afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

I got several fun shots of Verdin - tiny grey birds with a distinctive yellow face and red shoulder spot.

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2016-03-03: Thursday afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Apart from the desert spiny lizard I posted a photo of on the 3rd, I saw the tiger whiptail depicted below and a side blotch lizard that I did not get any decent photos of.
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2016-03-03: Thursday Afternoon at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix

Several plants from the garden: A variety of cactus, creosote bush, and pink fairy duster.
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Back in the beginning of March, the college where I teach had a mid-winter break. There were no classes on Thursday or Friday March 3rd and 4th. Coinciding with this mid-winter break was a flight voucher that in imminent danger of expiring. I decided to take a trip to either the Everglades in southern Florida or to various points in southern Arizona. Not being able to make that sort of decision on my own, I polled friends, colleagues, and my students and the result was the vast majority of those polled thought I should go to Arizona.

Tickets and hotels were books, a brutal itinerary was created and all I had to do was wait.

My flight was out of Syracuse, a 75 minute drive away, at 7 AM. I know from experience that security at Syracuse is often a slow affair, so I gave myself over an hour. That meant I left the house at 4:15 AM.  It was 14 degrees F when i parked the car.

I arrived at Phoenix Sky Harbor airport around 12:30 PM. By the time I picked up my luggage, got the shuttle to the Sky Harbor Car Rental Center and got situated in my rental car, it was around 1:10 PM. It was 94 degrees at the car rental center.

By 1:40 PM I was at the Desert Botanical Garden in Phoenix.  I did not pass go, I did not collect $200, I did not check into the hotel or get groceries. I went directly to the gardens. I stayed until 5:20 PM, walking all the trails at least once and doing some of the loops twice. From the botanical garden I went to the hotel, got checked in, then went to a local grocery store and by 7:40 PM I was back at the Botanical garden for the Bruce Munro "_Sonoran Light_" exhibit.

The exhibit was beautiful and the temperatures were amazingly comfortable, but the people made me frustrated. Don't get me wrong, it was great to see so many people at the gardens at night enjoying the exhibit, but for some reason it seemed that most people increased their voice volume and the light levels went down. It really sounded to me like most of the people there were shouting to each other even though they were only feet apart. I'm sure the fact that there were many open kiosks selling wine and beer did not help, nor did the fact that I had kind of skipped breakfast and lunch. I took a quick tour of the 8 components of the Sonoran Light installations, took photos of all the parts, and left by 8:45 PM. 

Back at the hotel I downloaded the absurdly large number of photographs I'd taken in the 5.5 hours I'd been at the gardens and started to go through them.  At around 11 PM I realized how late it was and that I had to leave rather early to get to Friday's first stop around sunrise.  Before going to sleep, I posted several photos from the gardens. The next several posts are of photos from March 3rd at the Desert Botanical Garden.
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Today I saw Scott's Oriole. Scott was nowhere to be found, but the oriole stayed for a while. A "lifer" for me.

#nq   #tf  
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