Friday, March 14, 2008
Mexican Gold Poppies near Kitt Peak
On Wednesday, we drove out to Topawa (10 miles south of Sells) to visit the new Tohono O'odham Cultural Center and Museum. On the way, we stopped near the Kitt Peak turnoff to photograph Mexican Gold Poppies (Eschscholzia californica ssp. mexicana) that were clustered by the roadside. We had hoped to find a large field of wildflowers there, as we had several years ago after a very wet winter, but that field had no flowers at all.Kitt Peak National Observatory. The most prominent dome houses the 4 meter (158-inch) Mayall telescope. It is 18 stories high. On clear days (which are most days in our area), I can see the dome from our main road, over 65 miles away.