Easter Sunday at Madera Canyon

April 16, 2017

Easter Sunday in Madera Canyon! The air was filled with sweet/sad Mexican folk songs and the scent of roasting cabrita. We stopped briefly at the Gift Shop, where an elegant trogon — my first — appeared out of nowhere, and vanished just as suddenly. Since every legal parking spot was taken, we opted to explore a delightful area nearby, where we were entertained by sex-crazed Arizona toads at a hidden waterfall.

Crazy spiral pattern on a partially open New Mexico Thistle

Reclining cottonwood

Bee with a shiny butt on a New Mexico Thistle

All that noise was coming from these tiny toads! And they didn't care that there was a camera five inches away!