April-09 AZ Vacation 

These snapshots were taken over a long weekend surrounding the new moon on April 25 2009, while on vacation in Arizona. The timing of the trip centered around a visit to Kitt Peak night sky program on a moonless night.
As it worked out, the desert cooperated and the southern desert gardens were in full bloom, providing me a pleasant photographic distraction. The "Flowering Desert" images have been moved into a single album for ease of viewing.

We headed south from Phoenix Thursday morning, in a bright red Pontiac G6 rental and returned it 800 miles later, just before flying home on Tuesday.

For those who care: Snapshots with a file names starting with "P4..." were taken by me with an Olympus SP-570UZ, 10mp camera with a 10X optical zoom.
Snapshots with a file names starting with "DSCN..." were taken by my wife using a Nikon Coolpix L3 pocket camera.
Images with more meaningful names have been cropped, edited, or otherwise enhanced in photoshop. They are most often cropped in postcard format for ease of printing. I will be adding them as I get around to editing them.

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Highlight for Album: Casa Grande Monument
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Album: Casa Grande Monument

Our first stop was the Casa Grande Monument. It's garden confirmed that our timing was perfect and the Flowering Desert was unquestionably going to be a central point to our trip to the desert.
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Highlight for Album: Arizona-Sonora  Desert Museam
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Album: Arizona-Sonora Desert Museam

The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum was our next photo stop. We were pleasantly surprised to see the number of animals living in natural surroundings.
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Highlight for Album: Pima Air Museum
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Album: Pima Air Museum

We arrived at the Pima Air Museum at opening on Friday and took the AMARG "BoneYard" tour and a brief walkabout. I returned at opening on Sunday morning and took the "outside tour" before continuing on our journey.

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Highlight for Album: AMARG BoneYard
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Album: AMARG BoneYard

These are some snapshots taken out the right side of the bus, and I soon realized I really wanted to sit on the other side. Next time I will allow more time to take it twice.
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Highlight for Album: San Xavier
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Album: San Xavier

San Xavier Mission just south of Tucson was our early afternoon stop on friday. Needless to say the mission gardens contributed to the Flowering Desert series.
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Highlight for Album: Titan Missile Museum
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Album: Titan Missile Museum

The Titan Missile Museum provided a pleasant distraction on Friday afternoon before returning to Tucson for dinner and an early night.
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Highlight for Album: Tubac
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Album: Tubac

No trip to the southwest is complete without a shopping stop. Here are a few snapshots that will give you a feel of the offerings we found at Tubac.
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Highlight for Album: Tumacacori
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Album: Tumacacori

Our last stop before heading north was the Tumacacori mission and gardens.
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Highlight for Album: Old Tucson
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Album: Old Tucson

Our visit to the Old Tucson movie set was a pleasant diversion.
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Highlight for Album: Kitt Peak
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Album: Kitt Peak

The center point in this trip to the great southwest was to the Night Observation Program at the Kitt Peak National Observatory.
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Highlight for Album: Taliesin West
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Album: Taliesin West

Before returning home a visit to Taliesin West was in order. Needless to say, the tour guide was very knowledgeable and very entertaining.
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Highlight for Album: Flowering Desert
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Album: Flowering Desert

Flowering Desert
Southern AZ
(April 2009)
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