Friday, May 22, 2009

Pima Canyon in the Rain (Tucson, Arizona)

Yesterday evening, I went hiking at Pima Canyon in the Catalina Foothills. A storm has rolled in providing a welcome respite from the 100+ degree temperature, so under an oil painting sky I fed my right brain.
The brooding sky cast a different light on everything. The bright, hot desert was transformed by water.
Towering to an impressive height, this unusual saguaro cactus caught my eye. Most saguaros develop arms after a certain height.
This last photograph is the only one not from Pima Canyon. I took it the night before my hike. It's a night-blooming cactus belonging to the crazy cat lady who lives downstairs. Look closely and you will see a few small raindrops still on the pedals.
If you're in the Tucson area, go hike Pima Canyon!

Pima Canyon Information:
  • Information on distances and trail conditions are at Hike Arizona.
  • The Coronado National Forest site has a rough map of the trail.
  • For driving directions to the Pima Canyon trailhead, click here.


  1. Great panoramic and low light shots you have here Ben... The second pic is my favorite... What an amazing cactus you have there...

    To the next adventure... :D
    Be well always.

  2. Thanks Mark,
    The cactus here are amazing. The longer I live here, the more I grow to appreciate them.

    To the next adventure... I like the sounds of that!