Yesterday, my husband I dropped off the kids at school and then went on a hike around the beautiful Superstition Mountains, located just outside of the greater Phoenix metro area.
You could see saguaro cacti growing up out of the rocky mountainsides.
Did you know that saguaro cacti favor the south side of mountains? Look carefully and you will seen a huge difference when comparing with the amount of saguaro on the north sides of mountains. The reason for this is that it is warmer on the south side of mountains and they receive more sunlight which the saguaro favor.
Green grass surrounds the remains of a Mesquite tree. The floor of the desert rapidly turns green as grass grows in response to the rain.
The rushing water from the creek could be heard everywhere we walked. We had to cross over it 3 different times. Unfortunately, I lost my balance and stepped into the water and came out with a wet sock and hiking boot ;^)
The remains of an old Saguaro cactus.
Who says that the desert is brown and ugly? We had a wonderful day of hiking and the weather was just beautiful.