There is something about the Sonoran Desert that resonates with this boy from the Pacific Northwest. Maybe it was all those cowboy movies I grew up with. Whatever it is, the place has a special pull for me. This year our annual trip was later than normal and after a very wet winter things were blooming earlier than normal. The saguaro cactus were blooming, the hills were yellow with palo verde blossoms, and the birds were thick. Here are a few pictures from our first day which ended with a nice surprise.