|The rare beauty of a cloaking of snow on the Tucson Mountains|
Before noon most of the snow was gone, but the frenzied activity of the birds gave credence to the freeze predicted for tonight.
|A male Gila woodpecker topping off at the suet block|
|A male Costa's hummingbird busy defending this feeder|
At least we had good weather for a wonderful and long-overdue visit with my daughter and son-in-law recently. Tucson is like a third home to them, the San Francisco area being their first, so they were not interested in playing tourist every day, though we still got some of that in. The Desert Museum is always a must, especially when your hosts volunteer there -- one as a docent and the other volunteer with the botany department. Then we also managed The Cup Cafe at Hotel Congress for breakfast, Tohono Chul Botanic Gardens and lunch at the Tea Room there, and lot and lots of walking the hills of the Tucson Mountains, be they snow covered or not.
|Trailside in Sweetwater Preserve, Tucson Mountain foothills|
|Mother and child reunion hike|
|In the shade of a saguaro older that |