Monday, May 19, 2014

Spring at the Pickett Post

For some, it would be hard to imagine that this is a scene in the middle of the Arizona-Sonora Desert. Pickett Post Mountain in the background is located just east and south of Superior, Arizona. The photograph is taken from the Demonstration Garden at the Boyce Thompson Arboretum. The contrast between the lush green meadow and the trees and the desert beyond is striking. But that is way the desert is. We can live in beautiful green oasis where there is water available. This meadow happens to lie along the Queen Creek, a mostly dry creek bed, but with an abundant supply of underground water. This water is used by the Arboretum to create a huge botanical garden with plants and trees from all over the world.

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