Having previously mentioned my 'prickly' nature it should come as no surprise that I like cactii! And even they are blooming right now. This is a Beavertail Cactus Opuntia basilaris
and these are the much maligned Teddy-Bear Cholla Opuntia bigelovii
After we had arrived and got settled into our room we went to the Visitor Center,
we knew it was too late for it to open but there is still always plenty to see around it and, sure enough, it didn't disappoint. It always surprises me how many hummingbirds I see when I come here. The light was failing so forgive me if I have this wrong but I think this is a Costas Hummingbird Calypte costae
And how could I possibly not take a photo of this little chap, even though he was shouting very loudly at me for most of the time I was there!
We walked around for a while but the light was starting to go so we couldn't take any more photos. It was fantastic to just sit and listen to the coyotes calling to each other ad enjoy the twilight but I had one more treat in store for me. On my last visit I hadn't had a good sighting of a Greater Roadrunner Geococcyx californianus so, just as we were walking back to our car, he appeared
He continued the theme where the ground squirrel had left off and gave us a good telling off for getting in his way when he was busy hunting bugs!
What a perfect start to my visit to the desert.
Photo Credits - CJT & Dominick V