Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

Monday morning Peoria greetings to one and all!

When Jan and I got on the plane back from Tucson, Az. this past Wednesday afternoon, we knew that the weather at home wouldn’t be nearly as nice as it was in the Arizona desert. Needless to say, we were right and boy the bottom sure dropped out on the weather here in Central Illinois. It’s been cold with some rain and generally it reminds me of the weather in Seattle, so it’s not been nearly as nice as I would like for it to be! I’m good with the change of the seasons, but when it goes from being really nice to not so nice, it’s a little tough to take, but I guess that’s to be expected!

One of our day photo safari trips was spent at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in Southwestern Arizona. Organ Pipe is about two hour’s West of Tucson, so it’s a nice easy drive through the desert. It’s the only place in the U.S. where the Organ Pipe Cactus grow in nature and when you see them in person, they are incredibly large. We saw some of the really mature ones that were approaching 20 feet in height and that’s pretty amazing to see in person. There are two drives that you can take in the park and our favorite one is the 21 mile Ajo Mountain Drive. On this drive you can stop at just about any place that you’d like to take photos and during the four hours that we took to complete the drive, we only saw one other car, so you really can have the place to yourself and that’s a huge plus for us!

Here’s a couple of our photos from the day spent at Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument. Jan’s photo on top is of a wonderful scene with many of the Saguaro Cactus in the shot while my snap on the bottom is of the Organ Pipe Cactus.

It’s time for us to get busy this week, so we hope that you’re going to have a wonderful week to come and thanks for taking the time to check out our work!

Kev and Jan

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