Monday, July 7, 2014

Photo Tour: Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert

One of the things I miss most about Arizona is the desert landscape. The luxury of wide-open space is nice of course, but more than that I miss the colors. You see almost every shade in the spectrum on any given day: blue skies, green cacti...red, orange and purple sunsets. It's pretty remarkable.

The Sonoran Desert just feels special, too. Considering it covers a portion of Arizona and northwest Mexico, and just a small part of California, you definitely get the sense that you're seeing and experiencing things you can't elsewhere in the world. Take the Saguaro cactus, for example. Did you know that it only grows in the Sonoran Desert? There is literally no other place in the world where the Saguaro grows naturally. That's insane!

(By the way, keep this in mind the next time you see the Saguaro used in the logos of other destinations, which shall remain nameless. It's not factually accurate!)

On my recent visit to Scottsdale, I hit the trails of the McDowell Sonoran Preserve with the experts at Arizona Outback Adventures. I've been on a number of excursions with their team over the years and I can safely say that they're the best tour guides in the area. Check 'em out for hikes in the Scottsdale area, even kayaking adventures or backpacking trips to the northern reaches of the state.

Here are a few choice shots from our early-morning hike:

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

Scottsdale's Sonoran Desert, Style Jaunt by Katarina Kovacevic

PHOTOS BY: Me!
MORE INFO: Experience Scottsdale

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