Saturday, May 22, 2010

Beauty and Destruction

We took a trip to the Boyce Thompson Arboretum (BTA) 3 miles outside Superior, Arizona.  Superior is one of those sad, deserted towns in Arizona that evolved from the boom/bust, truck economy of copper mining.  
The BTA, however, is a colorful jewel in the Spring when cacti bloom...the prickly pear, 
the buckhorn cholla,
the staghorn cholla
and all the color varieties that make these cacti a beautiful Spring surprise.  
Maybe the beauty of the BTA was focused a bit because of the waste of the strip mining in the surrounding region or, maybe, just because we had an innate desire for a spectacular afternoon...and wanted to escape a little of the destruction. 

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Anonymous Clyde said...

Nice stuff, Mel. Real beauty in the cactus flowers most never see, nor appreciate.

May 22, 2010 at 4:15 PM  
Blogger Mel Burke said...

Sorry for the long delay :) Thanks, Clyde!

June 24, 2013 at 7:14 AM  

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