Saturday, May 12, 2012
Nearly all the cactus flowers are gone by the first of June. But if you want to prolong the season some what, you can drive up into the Arizona high country. As you drive up towards the mountains the altitude increases from around 1200 feet above sea level in Mesa, Arizona to around 7,000 feet at the top of the Mogollon Rim just about 100 miles north. As you drive up the road, you can see the seasons change. Just a few miles north and the cactus are still blooming. Finally, you end up in the Ponderosa pine forest and it is still early Spring. But with a nice photo, we can celebrate the blooming cactus anytime we like.