Better With Friends

photographers at phoenix desert botanical gardenWe visited the Phoenix Botanical Garden with our friends John and Chris. They both love to take pictures and are always looking for interesting things to photograph. Some experiences are better with friends. Because I was with John and Chris I saw all kinds of things I wouldn’t have noticed otherwise. 

road runner

Like this roadrunnerground squirrel at phoenix botanical gardenThis ground squirrel

gambel's quail

A Gambel’s Quailpapago butte looks like a turtleThis is one of the Papago Buttes visible from the gardens. It looks like a giant turtle. Notice the turtle head on the left and the huge shell. John and Chris photographed this butte from every angle. 

I learned to know many different kinds of cacti. organ pipe cactus

The Organ Pipe

bunny ear prickly pear cactus

The Bunny Ear Prickly Pear Cactus. Chris told me there are 360 kinds of prickly pear cactus. potts barrell cactus

the Potts Barrel Cactustotem pole cactus

the Totem Polethe red torch cactus

the Red Torch Cactusthe grizzly bear prickly pear cactus

the Grizzly Bear Prickly Pear Cactussenita cactus

the Senita

red spine barrel cactus

the Red Spine Barrel Cactusstrawberry cactus

and the Strawberry Cactus

cardon treeHere Chris and I pose in front of what looks like an Organ Pipe Cactus but  is really a Cardon Tree. lunch in the phoenix botanical garden

Of course lunch in the Patio Cafe was better with friends too. 

friends at botanical gardenI’m glad I visited the Desert Botanical Gardens with my friends John and Chris. 



Filed under Arizona, Nature

3 responses to “Better With Friends

  1. Ah, John and Chris two of my prize relatives. As unique as the cacti in your photos but not quite as prickly! I guess you have to spend time in the desert the way you guys are to really appreciate it, for me the landscape still appears rather bleak. Maybe when I am retired I too shall gain this appreciation.


    • Neufeld John Eric

      Even though Lori is a prized relative indeed, she really must learn the great subtle beauty of the desert. The astonishing diversity of life and the incredible adaptations all forms of life have made to survive here are astounding.



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