This time of year, Gambel's Quail are common fixtures around the prickly pears outside the visitor center.
Inside the courtyard, Cactus Wren's nests in cholla cacti have been active for the past couple of months. The parents have already raised several broods this year.
Through this opening, I like to peek at what's happening out in the desert east of the courtyard. Often lizards, rabbits or Cardinals are looking for things to eat.
The image below has been Photoshopped. I found that the reflections of the cacti show up better with a watercolor filter and sandstone texture applied.
Behind the visitor center, a puddle of rainwater reflects part of a saguaro. Most of the saguaro flowers and fruit have dried up or been eaten by birds.
The barrel cacti are starting to bloom. Happy Cactus Monday!
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