Saguaro National Park — Christmas Eve

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A stroll to Signal Hill through an amazing Saguaro cactus forest. And what a fascinating sky to complete the picture.

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These saguaros are so interesting – they seem to have such individual personality.

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Oh look up there – on those rocks! This is the only angle you can see these carvings. So glad the light was just right!

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What are the meanings of these petroglyphs?

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Really a fun rock outcropping to experience.

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Changing shadows on the hike down. This is near a CCC camp and they built the picnic shelters using dead saguaro stems.

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Ho Ho Ho. This dead saguaro is setting the mood for tonight’s full moon concert. The rangers had hot chocolate and cookies for us – how nice is that!

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The back patio had solo guitar music while the sun was setting.

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And it was a very peaceful sunset – had to leave our chairs to wander around to the front to capture this image.

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A ranger played a Native American wooden flute while the full moon rose. It was so haunting and moving. Quite a memorable experience. Truly a unique way to experience a national park. We saw the first full moon of 2015 rise in Organ Pipe and the last here.

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