Tuesday, May 15, 2012
the desert blooms...
We have a garden, walled in the back. Every spring, I delight in the iris, lilies, roses, daffodils and whatever other treasures decide to make an appearance. I spend a lot of time there with my camera. Surrounding us is desert. It, too, has its own beauty in the spring. Most visitors, not familiar with the Sonoran Desert, are surprised at how lush and beautiful it can be. Trees of yellow (palo verde) and lavender (ironwood) catch my eye every single day. I never tire of it. Along with the blooms, we start to see some of the critters that have been hiding for part of the winter. Here is a glimpse but be reminded that despite my best efforts, I never really seem to capture its essence.
ocotillo blooms - The hummingbirds and even an oriole (on a migration path, I am sure) have been enjoying these.
hedgehog cactus blossoms
Many lizards are out hibernation, looking for some sunshine. Their colors always surprise me.
The bunnies are finding more to eat these days. We see them all year round.
A white winged dove and Gila woodpecker sharing some saguaro blossoms with the bees. Doves and bats do most of the saguaro pollination.
This flying saucer cactus has huge blooms on it - about 8 inches in diameter.
This yellow prickly pear blossom will turn into fruit that the tortoises love. So do people.
Another prickly pear blossom, our version of a rose.
Ironwood blossoms are covering the trees. With the yellow palo verde (top picture) and the lavender ironwood, it sure looks like spring around here.
The doves are spending a lot of time near the saguaro flowers.
Another flying saucer flower. They don't last long but they are spectacular.
This was my favorite shot. I try and try to capture quail families. They are such a delight but they move so quickly, that my attempts haven't been very successful. This was Mother's Day morning, a delightful gift. Don't you love the little one on the right?
I love living among the saguaros.
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