Sunday, May 25, 2014


On 5/7, I went to the Reid Park Rose Garden, Tucson Botanical Gardens, Columbus Park, Sweetwater Wetllands, and Arthur Pack Park.

I took Nathan to Arthur Pack Park on 5/8.

5/11 was Mother's Day.  It was not a very good one for me and I will leave it at that.

Nathan and I went to the Desert Museum on 5/13.

Nathan had his Pre-K celebration at school on 5/15.  Technically, he did not graduate preschool with the rest of the class.  He got moved up to this class mid-year so he still has another year of preschool.  He successfully completed Ms. Monica's class, though.  They did the pledge of allegiance, sang and danced to songs, including What does a fox say.  It was cute.

Nathan went with daddy to a local car race here in Tucson on 5/17.

On 5/19, I went to Reid Park Zoo, the Reid Park Rose Garden and to Arthur Pack Park.

We went to the first Friday Summer Nights at Reid Park Zoo on 5/23.

Today Paul and Nathan went to a U of A baseball game.

Sunday, May 4, 2014

May already...

I can not believe how fast this year is flying by.  It seem like Christmas was just yesterday.

On 4/22, Nathan and I went to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun to photograph more cactus flowers and to Christopher Columbus Park.  Nathan loved one of the big trees there.  He wanted to climb it.  Not too many climbing trees in Tucson.

The next day I went back to Christopher Columbus Park.  I got to photograph several birds...yes, I have become a birder now!  I saw vermilion flycatcher, night heron, kildeer and a great blue heron nest with two babies!  The nest is pretty far for me so even with my 300mm zoom lens I can only get mediocre pictures of the heron family.  Still, pretty cool to see.

Nathan and I went to the Tucson Botanical Gardens on 4/24. Their torch cactus garden was in full bloom and we got to see the butterflies.  That afternoon I let him play at our park in our subdivision, but it was pretty hot by that time so we did not stay long.

Paul and I had a date day on 4/25!  We went to Tohono Chul Park.  We walked around looking at the flowers and we had lunch there.  Then we went over to Christopher Columbus Park.  He was not impressed.  He thought it was dumpy.  I agree, but I like the birds there.  They also have a model airplane spot.

On 4/26 I decided to take the drive by myself to go back to Wildlife World Zoo.  It rained in the morning and it was a little windy, but I am glad I went.  I got a lot of pictures of the baby otters, the baby meerkats and the young white lion.  Afterward, I went to the Gilbert Riparian Reserve.  I heard it is a great place for birding.  I did not see a lot other than a stilt.

We went to the Pima County Fair on 4/27.  Nathan had fun on all of the rides.  I liked the petting zoo.  We also got pictures taken with parrots, a monkey and a seal/sea lion!  Oh, and a picture in a HUGE chair.

I went back to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun on 4/28 to make more pictures of their cactus flowers.

Nathan and I went to the Desert Museum on 4/29.  Their torch cactus garden was in full bloom.  We got to see Cruz, the mountain lion, by the glass.  I saw one young prairie dog, but last year at this time there were a ton of them.  There were a few baby hummingbirds.

On 4/30, I decided to go to Brach's Cactus Nursery.  Karen McCreroy had told me about it.  I picked a good day to go because a lot of their cacti had flowers.  I did not have a lot of time, though, because I had a hair appointment.  I ended up getting out of there late and I got lost so I was almost an hour late to my hair appointment.   She asked me to come back in about an hour so I went over to DeGrazia Gallery in the Sun.  After my hair appointment I went to the Tucson Botanical Gardens.  It was the last day of their butterfly exhibit and they had a few more cactus flowers, including the beautiful flying saucer.

I went back to Brach's Cactus Nursery on 5/2.  There were only a few cacti blooming, not nearly as many a couple of days prior.  They said they only get like 3 days a year where there that many flowers.  The cool thing that day is catching a dove on a saguaro flower, though.