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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Catch-up » Mon May 14, 2012 1:15 am

Great zoo and hike pictures! I can vouch for the vicious plants. :oops:
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Tonyblack » Mon May 14, 2012 1:42 am

:lol: :lol: :lol:

Here's the video I took. Like I say, the commentary is bad due to the wind noise. It starts off looking towards the south and the Mexican border, which is beyond the mountains. You can also see, in the distance, the Boneyard, where surplus aircraft are stored and dismantled. :)

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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby The Mad Collector » Mon May 14, 2012 7:17 am

Very impressive Tony, 18 miles in a desert is no joke especially whilst climbing. Love the photos
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Mon May 14, 2012 1:12 pm

Serious hike then Tony, the Boneyard is that what they used in Close Encounters film for the returned planes. :?:
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Penfold » Mon May 14, 2012 1:29 pm

That is an impressive hike Tony but it would be a bit beyond me, I imagine. :D
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Tonyblack » Mon May 14, 2012 1:39 pm

Who's Wee Dug wrote:Serious hike then Tony, the Boneyard is that what they used in Close Encounters film for the returned planes. :?:

I don't know about that, Dug as it's so long since I saw the movie. But the desert air is perfect for storing aircraft out of doors. The have something like $27 billion worth of aircraft in storage there.

You can see more HERE.

The first time I flew into Tucson was a daytime flight and I was astounded by the sight of all the aircraft there. :D

A Google Map view of Tucson will give you some idea.

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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Tonyblack » Mon May 14, 2012 6:34 pm

Here's the final set of photos that I recently uploaded. These were taken on 5th May at the Arizona Sonoran Desert Museum. It contains plants and animals found in the Sonora Desert that stretches from southern Arizona (including Tucson) into northern Mexico.

I made an early start and got there at 7.30 am. The early pictures are of Gates Pass, which is the twisty mountain road through the Tucson Mountains.

The early start meant that I got to see some animals that I'd never managed to see there before - including the mountain lions. :D It's a fabulous place to visit and I'd heartily recommend it.

WARNING SPIDER & SNAKES

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Here's the video that goes with it.



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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Penfold » Mon May 14, 2012 6:43 pm

Looks like a wonderful place Tony although the spider startled me a bit. Did you switch off the video when the lion started staring at you? :lol:
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Tonyblack » Mon May 14, 2012 6:48 pm

Sorry about the spider, Penners. I've added a warning. :lol:

As for the mountain lion - I didn't realise it had looked at me until I saw the video. :lol: :lol:
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Penfold » Mon May 14, 2012 7:03 pm

It did look like it was contemplating the breakfast menu, didn't it. :lol:
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Tonyblack » Mon May 14, 2012 7:05 pm

:lol: :lol: :lol:
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Who's Wee Dug » Mon May 14, 2012 9:37 pm

Interesting photo's Tony, it's one of the reasons I hoped that the NADWC would go back there to phoenix or somewhere else in Arizona, I liked the dry heat and the chance to explore a bit futher would be good. :)
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby spideyGirl » Tue May 15, 2012 6:38 am

Great photos Tony. The zoo one made me double take when I saw the polar bear, I thought I was in an episode of Lost! :D
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Catch-up » Tue May 15, 2012 11:35 am

I love that picture of the bird above the yellow flower.
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Re: Tucson Bound!

Postby Tonyblack » Tue May 15, 2012 2:24 pm

Catch-up wrote:I love that picture of the bird above the yellow flower.

It's a curved-bill thrasher. :)

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