one day at a time…
Wednesday, 18 February 2004

Pix Of The Day: Desert Southwest Floral Farewell
CREDIT: © Jack Dykinga/SonoranDesertNP.org
WHERE: Sonoran Desert, USA and Mexico. WHAT: desert flora in bloom.
MAPS: trans-border Sonoran Desert, & USA sub-districts.
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Sonoran Flora 1 © Jack DykingaSonoran Flora 2 © Jack DykingaSonoran Flora 3 © Jack DykingaSonoran Flora 4 © Jack DykingaSonoran Flora 5 © Jack Dykinga
"We have created an organization to study, advocate, preserve and defend this place. Forever. And we need your heart and your wallet." runs the tag line on the SDNPF (Sonoran Desert National Park Friends) web site, which contains 'A Citizen's Proposal' for a projected National Park. The area was designated as a National Monument by outgoing US President William J. Clinton in January 2001. There are other initiatives, such as the Pima County, Arizona, 'Sonoran Desert Conservation Plan'. The SDNPF web site carries an Esquire Magazine article from December 1999 entitled 'Leave Something Behind' by Charles Bowden that makes interesting reading about the feelings people have for this special place.

We have been looking at the Desert Southwest of the USA over the last several days, and before we move far away to our next location, we thought a look at the flora of the Sonoran Desert would be a good way to wind up our visit to the present location. The SDNPF web site also has a photo gallery containing pictures of the desert in bloom. We selected four images for today's thumbnail strip.

You may also enjoy visiting Michael J. Plagens, the 'Sonoran Desert Naturalist', for more pictures and specialist information about the plants of this region.

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Jules Laforgue (1860-1887)
"Ah! que la vie est quotidienne."
Oh, what a day-to-day business life is.
'Complainte sur certains ennuis' (1885)