The Desert is Green: The Flowers are Coming

With great anticipation I am looking forward to hiking and photography in the desert in the next few weeks. Recent rains followed by above normal temperatures have brought new life and freshness to the myriad of plant life that the desert supports.

This week I found a trail in the Tonto National Forest that I hadn’t previously hiked. It was rich with giant Saguaros, Barrel Cactus, Prickly Pear Cactus and Occotillo. Many other smaller species combined to form a patchwork of many shades of green. Approaching storm clouds added a significant feeling of drama.

Prickly Pear Cactus and Barrel Cactus are extending buds that will emerge as flowers adding beautiful colour the desert. Already, Desert Dusters, Lupines and Brittle Bush have added dabs of yellow, pink and blue to this much anticipated pallet of colour.

Desert Dusters add early Spring colour to the desert

Desert Dusters add early Spring colour to the desert

Rain is again in the offing. Tomorrow will be an ‘in day’. On Tuesday, I’ll be hiking in the desert photographing the lush vegetation and emerging colour that the rain and sun will bring.

Spring rains result in lush green growth on the desert.

Spring rains result in lush green growth on the desert.

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