The weather...it's getting hotter! Yesterday and today the temps rose into the 90sF.
With that in mind we were up early (yesterday) to get in our usual 45 mins. at the doggie park, lunch and waters packed and were on our way to Catalina State Park by 9:00am.
Catalina SP is located adjacent to Coronado National Forest on the western slopes of the Santa Catalina Mountains. The park has an average elevation of 3,000 but varies dramatically with high ridges and low creek beds or washes.
The first trail we took was the Nature Trail...it's a 1 mile loop.
The wildflowers were almost gone, but I did get a few pretty photos.
|Couldn't find this one...any ideas?|
The bees and butterflies were busy too!
|a hedgehog cactus|
|I think that's a grasshopper...|
|Beautiful views to enjoy!|
|Lots more prickly pear blooms.|
These not so little grasshoppers were jumping everywhere...the most frequently observed insect of the day!
|Wire Lettuce/ Desert Straw|
|Nice trails...Joe searching for a rattlesnake!|
|A dead saguaro...a bird's home.|
|A pretty view from the top of the loop.|
They usually blend in with the color of their surroundings.
They have pointed scales on their back.
Desert horned lizards eat ants, crickets, grasshoppers, beetles, and some plant parts.
The picture on the right is the one he took of us...pretty neat!
The nature trail was fun! No, Joe did not find a rattlesnake, but the hiker in the picture below, who we passed on the trail, saw one just after he passed us up on the loop. EEKS!
We also did 2 other trails after our picnic. I will post those pictures next.
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