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Ladybugs abound on Tucson’s favorite crisp, cool sky island
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Many creatures big and small live on Mount Lemmon, including this horned lizard, which was found nestled in the brush.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, On Ski Valley’s ski lift, riders have a view of Tucson, which is no longer obstructed by anything more substantial than the skeletons of pine trees.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, The substantially cooler-than-Tucson air offers Mount Lemmon visitors a relaxing afternoon in parts of the forest still recovering from the 2003 Aspen fire.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, This time of year, thousands of lady bugs can be found congregating around logs and within the tall grass lining the trail up and around Mount Lemmon.
Randy Metcalf/The Explorer, Jill Bemis rides with her granddaughter Sydney Dixon up Ski Valley’s chair lift atop Mount Lemmon. The 45-minute round-trip chair ride offers a relaxing and scenic view of the cool mountainside.