Friday, April 12, 2013 is a flyin!


 Can hardly believe we have been here in Tucson almost 2 weeks. It sure doesn't take long to settle into a nice routine...just ask our four pups. They have become quite comfortable here. Daily play time at the doggie park every morning for about an hour... long, lazy naps... and  picnics at supper!

 Joe found another great camera shop. We stopped at Greg's Camera Shop a couple of days ago. We had the great pleasure of meeting Gary Jue. Some of his photography was on display at the camera shop. He loves butterflies and oh my, what beautiful shots he has made with the camera. While there, with Gary's help we made a purchase. I got a Tamron SP AF 60mm Di II Macro 1:1 lens for my Nikon 3100. I have to say, when  I saw what Judy's (travels with Emma) friend, John, photographed with his, I have wanted one. With a $100 rebate, we went for it!  As you can see, I still need lots of practice. But it is fun to get really, really close to what you are photographing! Maybe one day I will have dew drops to capture!

Not a lot going on in the desert these days. We took a couple of short rides and walks.

This was a ride through the Rincon Mountain District. We saw more and more Saguaro with buds...

Did you know all cactus fruit is edible. I have never tasted cactus fruit, have you? Barrel cactus fruit is the only cactus fruit without spines. It can be picked and eaten right off the plant. Should I try it with lunch next time?  I bet this little fellow did!

 The weather has been so nice since Monday...lows in the 50s and highs in the high 70s.

We all love it!

That might not last...I saw 90s in the 10 day report!

Thanks for visiting today!

Hope your week-end is fun.

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  1. Cactus blooms just amaze me, their beauty is one of a kind. No, I have never had the fruit, you go first and let me know ok??? What the points LOL

  2. I'm sure you will have lots of fun with your new lens.

    It is easy to get in a routine wherever you are!

  3. Definitely easy to slip into a routine. 90's here this week-end and then "breezy" come Monday. Hope it's nothing like last Monday.

  4. I'm excited to see all your practice with the new camera...congratulations! Love your desert photos!!

  5. Just love the cactus blooms, missed them this year, maybe next year.

  6. I have been trying to keep my cactus and succulents growing inside over this long, long winter. Minnesota is not a good place for them. I'd love to be out in the desert with you and your "pack"!

    1. By the way, you don't have a "Follow" icon that I can use to get added to your followers.

  7. Love the close up shot of Wreck's face. And your header shot! Enjoy that new lens & your stay there. I've tasted prickly pear fruit once. The problem was the seeds, it's full of seeds.

  8. Sounds like a great routine--park and picnics--for humans as well as dogs. I am envious of your camera and new lens. I haven't been brave enough to go with an SLR yet, but I am sure one is in my future. Tucson is beautiful in the spring. I went to the U of A many years ago--and I have tasted cactus flowers, but prefer them in jams or syrup. Enjoy the perfect weather.