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A Desert Spring in Arizona

Updated on June 24, 2014

Even the Desert Blooms in Spring

There is a saying in Arizona that "Something is always blooming."

I learned that myself after my first visit here. When I visited in the 1980's, friends drove me along Highway 79 to show me the Tom Mix memorial, marking the spot where he died in an auto accident.

Along Highway 79 were multitudes of desert plants and upon a couple of stops, I noticed that many were blooming. I soon realized on that December day, that things bloom in the Sonoran Desert continually.

On a recent trip to Tucson in early February, I was fortunate enough to be able to take some very nice photos of the desert foliage; most of which you will see in this website.

Thank you for visiting and taking the journey with me.

Photo taken by author, tvyps

Desert Landscape
Desert Landscape
barrel cactus bloom
barrel cactus bloom

The Sonoran Desert - Where it is always Spring

The Sonoran Desert is not a small place . It covers over 120,000 square miles in several states and part of Mexico.

While there are many animal species, it also has over 2,000 species of plant. These plants grow most of the year and although there is a Spring season in most of North America, it is always Spring in the Sonoran Desert.

The "Flora of Sonora" includes many types and forms of cacti, succulents, desert plants and wildflowers. In addition, many of the cacti and other plants sprout flowers at various times of the year.

During my recent visit, the barrel cacti were in bloom and I have included some photos of them below.

Walking in and around the desert is not without its hazards. Other than getting poked by a cactus thorn or getting skin irritation from other plants, you still could run into a rattlesnake, gila monster or even a black widow. Both of which can cause serious problems if you get bit.

The biggest hazard, despite it's beauty, is the pollen in the air. If you have serious asthma or breathing issues, the Sonoran Desert is not for you. There is some information below if you are planning a visit to the Sonoran Desert.

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The Blooming Barrel Cactus

Blooming Barrel Cactus
Blooming Barrel Cactus

Blooming Barrel Cactus Collage

Blooming Barrel Cactus Collage
Blooming Barrel Cactus Collage

Top Ten Little Known Facts of the Saguaro Cactus

  1. Not all Saquaro Cacti grow arms.
  2. Some Saguaros grow more than 25 arms.
  3. Saguaro Cacti arms were weighted down to be used as trail markers. Along major highways in Arizona, you can still see arms that were marked almost 200 years ago.
  4. Saguaro Cacti grow only in the Sonoran Desert.
  5. The Saguaro Cactus can live 150-200 years. Most of the larger Saguaro Cacti are older than any man.
  6. It takes 10 years for a Saguaro Cactus to grow 1.5 inches in height.
  7. Most of the roots of the Saguaro Cactus go no further in the ground than 4-6 inches while the main root only extends beyond 2 feet.
  8. A Saguaro Cactus has a woody rib that is hard as a tree. This wood is used for many things and was used as a canteen by Native Americans.
  9. A fully hydrated Saguaro Cactus can weigh amost 5,000 pounds.
  10. The pleats in a Saguaro Cactus enable it to soak up as much water as possible during a heavy rain.

Saguaro Cactus

Cacti
Cacti

Cacti Collage

Cacti Collage
Cacti Collage

Bobcat on Top of a Saguaro Cactus - This is not that far from my home!

Some feel that Transplantation of the Saguaro Cactus is Detrimental - How do you feel?

The Saguaro Cactus, sometimes hundreds of years old, is being moved for purposes of landscaping. How do you feel that this impacts the extinction of the Saguaro?

Succulents and Desert Plants

succulents and desert plants
succulents and desert plants

Succulents and Desert Plants Collage

Succulents and Dessert Plants Collage
Succulents and Dessert Plants Collage

The Sonoran Desert Day and Night Coloring Book - Even if you are not a child, I know that you like to color!

Wonderful Videos of the Sonoran Desert

Desert Survival Skills - If you get lost, find out what to do!

Desert Flowers

Desert Flowers
Desert Flowers

Desert Flowers Collage

Desert Flowers Collage
Desert Flowers Collage

Spring Flowers in the Arizona Sonora Desert

How to Paint the Sonoran Desert

Pastel Paint Set with Perfect Colors for Painting the Sonoran Desert

Panpastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastel Painting Set, 20-Pack
Panpastel Ultra Soft Artist Pastel Painting Set, 20-Pack

If you are an artist or just want to learn, this is a fantastic set to paint the desert.

Pastel colors are very important on your palette for desert landscape and foliage

This set will cover all the shades that you need! All you need is paper and your artistic skill!.

 

Yes, even Wyatt Earp Sneezed! - Allergenic Pollens and Allergy Information for the Sonoran Desert - Please read before you make the trip!

When I moved to the Southwest, many were moving here because they had asthma or allergies. Little did I know that I would develop allergies and asthma after moving here.

There are many types of different plants here and something is always blooming in the Southwest, no matter what time of year it is.

If you are asthmatic, please bring your inhaler and also, please check out this article before you travel.

Hilarious Health Video from 1945 on the Dangers of Sneezing - This is probably how I looked the other day while in Tucson

Did you enjoy your Visit to the Sonoran Desert in the Spring? - Don't stand too close to the Saguaro during the storm

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @geosum: Just wait until the Fall! It is getting too hot here now. Maybe you can visit Australia this time of the year. The temps are cooler there.

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      geosum 4 years ago

      Great lens. I'd love to visit. It's on my bucket list.

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      SteveKaye 4 years ago

      Excellent lens. Thank you for publishing this info.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      I love your pictures! So want to go there...

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Aunt-Mollie: It is nice out here when it is cooler. It is difficult to live here when it gets hot.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      Stunning pictures. I've never been to this part of the country before but it looks like a beautiful, very special place.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Pat Goltz: Yes, I thought it was cool also!

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      Pat Goltz 4 years ago

      That's an excellent lightning photo!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @aesta1: Thank you!

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      This is worth a blessing but I can't do it this time. I'll try another time.

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      Mary Norton 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      An excellent lens.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Thank you for sharing great information to us. I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic.

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Had to come back for a second visit as there's so much information to take in.

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      poldepc lm 4 years ago

      great information; thanks for sharing...

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @TheDeeperWell: I like it also, much better than Phoenix!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @greenspirit: Yes, the Kallstroemia grandiflora or Arizona Poppy

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @JimHofman: Thank you for the visit, I appreciate it!

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      Rose Jones 4 years ago

      Arizona is definitely one of our national treasures. I have visited the gorgeous desert there and love it. Pinned to my travel board, digg-ed and blessed. Happy Arizona spring. PS - the sneezing video was hilarious.

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      SiochainGraSonas 4 years ago

      Yes, I enjoyed it very much.

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      Fcuk Hub 4 years ago

      Desert is not my cup of tea, but it was worth to read about Arizona desert :)

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      TheDeeperWell 4 years ago

      Tohono Chul Park is one of favorites places to revisit every time I go to Tuscon. I love the mixture of art and nature there.

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      poppy mercer 4 years ago from London

      Really fascinating. Do Bob Cats generally sit in such prickly places? I see you have pictures of poppies there. I collect information about different kinds of poppy; I'd love to know which ones they are. Do you know?

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      Nancy Johnson 4 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      Beautiful lens of our beautiful desert state!

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      JimHofman 4 years ago

      Beautiful photos and collages. Interesting lens on one of my favorite states.

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      sbaiju 4 years ago

      Even though i don't leave here it is great to read about desert spring and Arizona

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      anonymous 4 years ago

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @RoadMonkey: Thank you for visiting! The pleasure is all mine!

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      Ganush80 4 years ago

      I love your pictures!

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      RoadMonkey 4 years ago

      Great lens. Thanks for all your work on this, really enjoyed it.

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      pshinde2109 lm 4 years ago

      Great pictures...nice lense

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Excellent pictures! Great lens.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @daisychainsaw lm: Thank you for visiting and the compliment!

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      daisychainsaw lm 4 years ago

      This is a lovely lens, thankyou!

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      sarasentor lm 4 years ago

      Great lens i enjoyed to spend time on your lens.

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      Alessandro Zamboni 4 years ago from Italy

      Hi and thanks for letting us know how Sonora desert looks in Spring! It's really an awesome place!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @candy47: Thank you for the visit and the blessing!

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      candy47 4 years ago

      Thanks for taking me to the desert in spring! Oh how I miss the southwest!! Beautiful lens. Blessed.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Ruthi: Thank you Ruthi for the visit, compliments and blessing! I really appreciate it.

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      Ruthi 4 years ago

      I thoroughly enjoyed my visit with you to the Sonoran Desert in Spring! Your photos are fabulous and I especially love your collage photos.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Jillynn: Thank you for visiting and your kind comments.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @JuliaHidy: It is pretty in the Spring...the Summers are scary! ha! Thanks for the visit!

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      JuliaHidy 4 years ago

      I've been to and hiked in the Sonoran Dessert in the spring. I love it there. It's one of the world's most unique ecosystems. Thanks for reminding me I need to get back there. Great page!

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      PinkstonePictures 4 years ago from Miami Beach, FL

      Great pictures

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      Jillynn 4 years ago

      You did a spectacular job on this lens. Thank you so much.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @suepogson: It is! The pollen is really bad though!

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      suepogson 4 years ago

      I didn't realise how beautiful the desert could be!

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      Art Inspired 4 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and information. I particularly enjoyed your creative photo collages. Make it a creative day!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cacti collage wonderful it loos like dangerous....!!!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      cacti collage wonderful it loos like dangerous....!!!

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      Annamadagan 4 years ago

      Wonderful lens! I loved the pictures.

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      Crystal A Murray 4 years ago from Corydon, Indiana, USA

      I used to live in Kingman (Mohave desert but still beautiful), and I have family that live in Benson. We never made it to Karcher Caverns, but we did visit Colossal Cave which is surrounded by many beautiful saguaros. Your lens caught my eye from the title, and I enjoyed my visit.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @ismeedee: Thank you, as always.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Truly lovely lens! Love this scene, too of the lightning in the desert! Angel Blessings!

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      aylsbillones1 4 years ago

      beautiful pictures..thanks for sharing

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      Torrs13 4 years ago

      I lived in Arizona for 8 years and absolutely LOVED it! This lens really made me miss it a lot!

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      miaponzo 4 years ago

      Absolutely beautiful! I have always wanted to go to Arizona... :) Now I know more about why! Thanks for sharing your beautiful photos with us! Blessed!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great pictures

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Great pictures

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @NibsyNell: Thanks for the compliment and visit!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @getupandgrow: I followed him around for a little while. I think it is a ground squirrel or chipmunk. I took some video also.

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      getupandgrow 4 years ago

      Love this lens, and especially, your photo of the cute little creature at the top of the lens.

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      NibsyNell 4 years ago

      Beautiful pictures! I'd love to go there!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Cari Kay 11: In the Summer? Wow, make sure your AC is working! I remember my first Summer here, I was riding with someone down the highway. It was pretty overwhelming! Thanks for the visit and the blessings!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Mary Crowther: Thank you for visiting and the blessings!

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      Mary Crowther 4 years ago from Havre de Grace

      Enjoyed your lens, love the desert landscape! Angel Blessings!

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      Kay 4 years ago

      What an absolutely beautiful page. We'll be going through there this summer. I am so excited! Blessed.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Jogalog: Thank you for the visit, compliment and blessing!

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I love your photos. The desert plants look beautiful. Blessed.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @skhdesigns lm: Thank you very much for the compliment and visit!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @MissKeenReviewer: Thank you. I appreciate the compliment and visit!

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      MissKeenReviewer 4 years ago

      This is an awesome lens, thanks for sharing.

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      skhdesigns lm 4 years ago

      What a great lens!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Snakesmum: Thanks for visiting and the compliment!

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Didn't realise the Sonora had so many plants and animals in it! Loved the bobcat on the Saguarro.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Another beauty by you, I can almost smell that rain coming with the lightening over my head. I've never been to the dessert and enjoyed your desert in spring and was surprised to learn that allergy sufferers best take warning. I sure never thought of pollen as being a concern in the dessert. Very nicely done!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @DDLewis: Thank you! I appreciate the visit!

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @crstnblue: Thank you for your visit! Yes, there is beauty, even in the desert. Thanks for the blessing!

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      JoshK47 4 years ago

      Looks lovely - thanks so much for sharing! Blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      crstnblue 4 years ago

      Excellent lens, informative and fun!

      Loved your collection of photos and especially one of the desert's miracle - the Desert Flowers!

      Thanks for sharing!

      Blessed!

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      DDLewis 4 years ago

      Great lens! I love the desert in Arizona. Your beautiful pictures and videos were wonderful.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @favored: Ha! Thank you for the visit. You are funny. I wish I lived in an air conditioned bus, that way, I wouldn't have to pay the electric bill.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Scarlettohairy: I'm the same, actually. I prefer the lush and am planning to move. This trip was one of my last hurrah's in the desert.

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @Lady Lorelei: I'm not sure. I saw this on the news but they never told anyone. How have you been?

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      Teri Villars 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      @gradientcat: Yes it is! Thank you for the compliment and the visit!

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      gradientcat 4 years ago

      I like the photo collages. The desert is very pretty in the spring.

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      Lorelei Cohen 4 years ago from Canada

      Absolutely gorgeous. Thank you for this trip into the Arizona dessert in spring. Beautiful although I do feel very sorry for the poor lynx up on the cactus. Do you know if it managed to get back down?

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      Peggy Hazelwood 4 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      You showcased many nice desert plants and flowers. I live here now and prefer a more lush landscape, but the desert is pretty in its own way.

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      Fay Favored 4 years ago from USA

      Unless I can visit the desert from an air conditioned tour bus, I don't think I'll be making this trip. Then again, thanks to your article I don't have to either :) Great job. Congrats on making the front page.

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      chi kung 4 years ago

      interesting lense! I'm going to use the twitter application as well in my lenses :)

      great lense on the area - I learnt a lot!