Images from Saguaro National Park.

January 10-16, 2003


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Located in two areas east and west of Tucson, Arizona, Saguaro (pronounced; sah-war-oh) National Park is home to the unique desert plants for which it is named. Since 1933, when the park was a national monument, these grand Cacti have been admired and protected. The Sonoran desert is by for the lushest and contains the widest variety of plant and animal life of any of the North American deserts. The Saguaro cactus is found only in the Sonoran dessert. The close relationships between these giant cacti and the other residents of the desert is really what makes them special. Read more about this at the Desert USA website.


Around 300 A.D. families of Hohokam Indians moved into the Tucson Basin from areas in southern Arizona near the Gila and Salt rivers. They were mostly farmers, raising cotton, squash, corn and beans in areas near streams that would flood every season providing water for thier crops. Remaining until the 1500s they have left thier marks in the Sonoran desert. Petroglyphs such as the ones in this picture.

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I'd expect a coyote to be behind this rock trying to pry it loose with a long stick. Fortunately for Scott, the rock sat still while he made this beautiful pastel.

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These hillsides were used by the Hohokum people for the collection of seeds for flour and for dry farming of certain plant species. Today visitors to the Saguaro National Park can venture of the cicle tour routes on foot to really see the abundace of life in this beautiful desert ecosystem.

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A grand vista deserves to be remembered in oil. Here is Scott's painting entitled "Valley View".

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Saguaro National Park is home to 2700 different plant species and 50 varieties of cactus. Just a short drive from Tucson, either to the east, at the foot of the Rincon Mountains, or to the west in the Tucson Mountains, the Saguaro National Park is something not to be missed.

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