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Arboretum at Flagstaff, AZ

SONY DSLR-A700, f/6.3, 1/800 sec, ISO 200

The Arboretum at Flagstaff is a 200 – acre botanical garden, research station, and environmental education center whose mission is to help visitors understand the plants and animal habitats of the Colorado Plateau.

They claim to have 2,500 species of plants and offer guided garden tours, wildlife programs, classes, workshops, and other events.
Source: thearb.org

In the morning the weather is still nice so we decide not to wait too long to do something. So at about 9:30am we leave the hotel. It is only a short drive and the last couple miles are on a washboard road. We soon arrive at the Arboretum, we get our cameras ready and take some lenses in the backpack to be ready to take lots of pictures of lots of beautiful flowers.

At the entrance we pay $7 each to get in (which seem a lot) so our expectations are even higher now. But, we soon discover that it’s not what we expected: there are some flowers though but nothing like what we expected. Most of the area is wilderness and looks more like weeds. Marco still finds some pretty flowers and then we take a walk through the forest just next to the arboretum. That is very nice and it smells very good too, we haven’t been walking through a pine forest for a while!

Well, all in all it has been an expensive walk and we return to the hotel early afternoon when it starts purring down. It’s raining all afternoon.

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