The Arizona desert is finally starting to show its beautiful springtime colors. They are late this year because of a lot of winter rains, we are told. Better late than never.
This morning Elizabeth and I decided to walk to our nearby grocery store instead of driving. And were rewarded with these gorgeous colors.
A little over years ago, I took a picture of this very same clump of Prickly Pear cacti with fuchsia-color bloom under a Palo Verde tree. Elizabeth liked the scene so much she created a painting from it.
I just found that photo. It was taken on Mar 18, 2014. Look at how much more resplendent the flowers were – THREE WEEKS EARLIER into spring that year. That’s unequivocal proof of how late this year’s desert bloom is – lagging behind about a month.
MORNING GLORY ARIZONA STYLE
This morning, I noticed our first two springtime roses in full bloom. The golden-orange one came from the south side of our yard, the crimson-red one from the north side.
I don’t know what that means. Hope it does not portend Wars of the Roses in the desert. 🙂 I prefer to think of them as Morning Glory Arizona-style.
(see Wars of the Roses from British history – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wars_of_the_Roses)
UPDATE APR 5, 2017
BEAUTIFUL CACTUS FLOWERS
Take a look at these two beautiful cactus flowers Elizabeth and I saw on our walk this morning around our neighborhood.
They almost look like sunflowers. Who would think that something so prickly could be so dainty?
UPDATE APR 6, 2017
BACK ON CALVARY HILL ARIZONA
I just got back from a bike-hike-bike ride to and from the Calvary Hill Arizona – the name I gave four years ago to a special trail in the McDowell Mtns above Scottsdale. I did not know until I got and looked at my “on this day” posts that I did the exactly the same thing three years ago on the same date.
On my way there, I stopped the bike at a home in our Scottsdale neighborhood to take this picture of another beautiful cactus in bloom.
AIDA TRIUMPHAL MARCH
Apr 23, 2017