Who knew there could be so many varieties of cactuses.
This was my third visit there and there's always something new to see and experience. The outdoor raptor show is quite popular drawing a very large crowd. I particularly liked how these raptors were showcased in their natural habit as they soared over and swooped down to the delight of the crowd. Since they moved at a great speed it was a bit of a challenge to capture them in a photo. My husband and brother- in- law did all the picture taking . They were able to photograph over the crowd. Being tall does help!
we did manage to stay clear of the javelinas napping in the sun.
Tucson becomes a playground for the world of international gem and mineral trading, collecting, and treasure hunting when the Tucson Gem, Mineral & Fossil Showcase arrives Jan. 27- Feb. 11. Shoppers from near and far come to hunt for jewelry, jewelry-making supplies, collectibles and treasures, both rare and bargain priced. The event is the largest in the world with over 7 different locations. Just plain mind boggling all the choices. The following photos are from just one locations and then really only a small snapshot of what's available. Every size. shape and price imaginable of raw materials and finished pieces.