Saguaro buds and blossoms
I hiked the Elephant Mountain Loop out of the Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area north of Cave Creek. The Saguaro cactus is the icon of the Sonoran Desert. They were starting to bloom. I liked the light on the top of this Saguaro so I climbed up and took the photo. The Saguaro blossom is the official State Flower of Arizona so here is my obligatory photo.
Spur Cross Ranch Conservation Area.
The newest addition to Maricopa County Regional Parks System, the conservation area encompasses 2,154 acres of diverse, rugged upper Sonoran Desert. The north Valley location contains fascinating archaeology sites and lush riparian areas along Cave Creek, which flows throughout the winter months. Remnants of early mining and ranching, from which the park gets its name, are still apparent in the park. This area is a must see for all wildflower lovers in the spring. The abundant vegetation present in the conservation area provides a rich habitat for a diverse assemblage of wildlife.