Images of the Sonoran Desert
The Sonoran Desert is an arid region in southwestern Arizona and southeastern California. This is the hottest of our North American deserts.
The Sonoran Desert includes 60 mammal species, 350 bird species, over 100 reptile species, and more than 2,000 native plant species.
The Sonoran is the only place in the world where the famous saguaro cactus grows in the wild. Cholla, beavertail, hedgehog, fishhook, prickly pear, and organ pipe are other species of cactus found here. Cactus provide food and homes to many desert mammals and birds, with showy flowers in reds, pinks, yellows, and whites blooming most commonly from late March through June, depending on the species and seasonal temperatures.
These photos were taken in Arizona during March and early April, 2009.
Mar 21, 2009