Palo Verde Trees
The years leading up to 2016 when this photograph was taken were hard in plant life of the desert because of the lack of rain.
2017 was a great year because the heavy winter rains greatly transformed the dry landscape bringing new life to the desert and reviving many of the dying plants and trees.
Hidden away in the Living Desert Zoo Gardens, this place of beauty and tranquility is often overlooked by vistors to the gardens.
I often stop here to pause and recharge my creative juices.
nature provides a pond in the middle of the desert
Giant Palm Trees
Framed by surrounding trees these giant Palm Trees appear dwarfed.
It is only when I get up close that I realize how big they are.
I feel sorry for this beautiful animal destined to live out it's life in a zoo with a limited a range to roam and explore
However she is well careed for and loved by her keepers and safe in her environment and in 2017 she gave birth to cubs
A rarity to a jaguar in captivity.
After years of drought the heavy rains of, winter 2017 ,brought new life to the desert and nacent plants sprung to life once again.
Ocotillo Cacus are best seen in spring when they produce a beautiful red bloom,
usually in March and April.
Giant Palm Trees
These monolliths stand out against a cloudy sky in February
Prong Horn Sheep
The sheep descend from the rocky cliffs in late afternoon to be fed by their keepers
Prickly Pear Cactus
The Living Desertt Gardens host many native plants including this prickly pear cactus
Desert Tortus Sculture
One of many scultures of the gardens attractions crafted by artists
The Living Desert grounds change and grow year by year and there always appear to be something wonderful to admire and draw the photographer's attention.
Although looking somewhat calm and subdued, this animal can be quite dangerous in the wild and will put up a tough fight when attacked by predators such as lions.
Bat-Eared foxes are named for their enormous ears are native to several African countries.
They subsist on termites and beetles and due to the rapid expansion of native populations their existence is threatened.
This small sand is situated about a quarter of a mile into the Edmund Jaeger Trail and is one of my favourite photographic subjects.
The desert came to life in 2017 when heavy winter rains brought new life to the desert which had been parched for several years of drought