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The Mini TIme Machine – Tucson Miniatures Museum

A couple we met in the SKP park was leaving the area and gave us a coupon book for local attractions they had bought. Inside we found a coupon for the Tucson Miniatures Museum which also billed itself as The Mini Time Machine. We weren’t sure what to expect because all we had was the name but it looked interesting.

When we walked in it first looked a bit like a doll house museum, but it turns out that miniatures are for adults, not children. There were some doll houses, but I think more as historical interest in the origins of the craft of miniatures than anything else. Everything else was more like tiny tableaus or pieces of art.

Violin shop inside a violin
Violin shop inside a violin

Tea party inside a tea pot
Tea party inside a tea pot
Airplane cafe
Airplane cafe

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Spring near Tucson

It’s springtime in Tucson and despite the fact there has been no rain for months the cactus are in bloom everywhere we go.  The ocotillo had put out small leaves a month or two ago but have now put out these very colorful pom-poms on the end of their branches.

Ocotillo in bloom
Ocotillo in bloom

The prickly pear cactus all have yellow blooms.  The saguaro cactus are putting out buds at their very top, but the flowers have been slower to come.  The photo is from a saguaro cactus that was close to 30 feet tall.  I think they will be yellow too.

Prickly pear cactus in bloom
Prickly pear cactus in bloom 
Saguaro cactus flower buds
Saguaro cactus flower buds

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