DESERT IN BLOOM: BETTER LATE THAN NEVER

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)

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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?

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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.

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AIDA TRIUMPHAL MARCH

Apr 23, 2017