After spending a cold and snowy (but fun) week in Ottawa, I went to spend a week in the complete opposite. This seems to be a theme: PMG and Arizona.
Mum and Dad are being snowbirds outside of Phoenix this year, so it seemed like a February journey to the southwest was a good idea. Right outside their yard is a nice little nature preserve of some sort, excellent for hiking and climbing around on rocks.
Mum leads the way on the trail behind the house.
Mum was freaking out while I was climbing these rocks. It didn't seem scary during the climbing up or down, so I maintain it was not a big deal. Mum may say otherwise.
It had rained the morning of the day I arrived, and the day before as well, so all the lichens on the rocks were super-bright and all the cactuses were so full of water they seemed moments from popping. This green is from some striking mosses and lichens.