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Snapshots

  1. Monsoon storm nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Monsoon storm nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    The monsoon rainy season is said to start after San Juan's day, June 25, the afternoon this gigapan was taken. The storms usually come from teh east, as this one is, with high winds, dust, thunder and...



  2. Saguaro: annual constrictions neabynature

    Snapshot Title: Saguaro: annual constrictions neabynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    There would be one year's growth between each bulge in the saguaro's main trunk. The constriction occurs each May and June when the saguaro puts its resources into flower production instead of growth....



  3. Brittlebush nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Brittlebush nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Brittebush, Encelia farinosa, sunflower family, one of the dominant shrubs of the Sonoran Desert.



  4. Barrel cactus nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Barrel cactus nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Fishhook barrel cactus, Ferocactus wislizenii .



  5. Lycium nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Lycium nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Lycium, either L. berlanieri or L. exsertum



  6. Creosote bush nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Creosote bush nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Creoaote bush, Larrea tridentata, one of the most common plants in the Sonoran Desert.



  7. Palo Verde tree nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Palo Verde tree nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Foothills Palo Verde, Parkinsonia microphylla. Formerly Cercidium microphyllum.



  8. Velvet mesquite nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Velvet mesquite nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Velvet mesquite, Prosopis velutina, legume family, one of the dominant trees of the Sonoran Desert.



  9. Eastern Sauaro Study Plot nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Eastern Sauaro Study Plot nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    As part of the Tumamoc long-term saguaro plot all of the saguaros in this image are individually monitored, mapped, and checked on every 10-19 years. Beginning in 1909, Desert Laboratory scientists ma...



  10. Ocotilos nearbynature

    Snapshot Title: Ocotilos nearbynature
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Fouquieria splendens. Not a cactus. The neast relative is the Boojum tree in Baja California.



  11. nearbynature White-winged dove

    Snapshot Title: nearbynature White-winged dove
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    I hoped to get a dove feeding on teh fruit--there were several in the scene, but I could not be sure of capturing one in teh final image.



  12. nearbynature saguaro fruit

    Snapshot Title: nearbynature saguaro fruit
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Ripening saguaro cactus fruit. These cacti bloom in May and June, setting fruit just before the dramatic weather of the monsoon rainy season. Most of teh rainfall in the Sonoran Desert happens during ...



  13. nearbynature The University of Arizona

    Snapshot Title: nearbynature The University of Arizona
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    University of Arizona, owner of Tumamoc Hill Preserve.



  14. nearbynature downtown Tucson

    Snapshot Title: nearbynature downtown Tucson
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    Downtown Tucson, Arizona, a city of just under a million inhabitants, second to Phoenix in size for Arizona.



  15. nearbynature trinchera

    Snapshot Title: nearbynature trinchera
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    These prehistoric piled rock walls or "trincheras" asconsidered to be the oldest community architecture in North America. There are about 2 km. of these walls stratching around the hill summit and it...



  16. nearbynature petroglyphs

    Snapshot Title: nearbynature petroglyphs
    Taken by: paulmirocha

    Image: Downtown Tucson from Tumamoc Hill Summit with Monsoon
    Image Owner: paulmirocha



    Description:

    The Tumamoc summit is an archeological site with villages dating back at least 1500 years. This target-shaped design is often associated with a calendar stone: Some have shadows or light beams that ma...