Saguaro National Park
When exploring any desert habitat, it is always important to take care as - even in national parks - dangers do exist. The Western Diamondback Rattlesnake (pictured right) is fairly common especially at dusk. It is only one of several species of snakes, scorpions, etc. to be aware of. Another, perhaps less obvious danger, is rain. Each year flash floods rushing through confined canyons and gullies result in the death of several people. Often there will be no sign of bad weather where the accident happens, it is the consequence of a localised downpour some miles upstream.
Photographs by : John Ellis
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