Springtime in the High Desert

Yes, I completely dropped off the face of the blogasphere for six months.  Work, family, chores, and all of life’s other little pleasures swamped me.  Every week without a post makes it just that much harder to go back and next thing you know you’re wondering why your readership is still growing when you haven’t written a damn thing for months.  So I thought I’d ease back into the swing of things with a pictorial warm up.  Don’t want to jump in to fast or I’ll sprain the old blog neurons and it will be another six months before I’m back.

This has been an absolutely wonderful winter and spring in southern Arizona.  We had tons of snow, plenty of wonderful rain, and perfect temperatures.  We are just now edging up into the 90s.  Of course, all of that moisture also means that the desert has been alive in colors.

My attorneys insisted I inform you that I am not a botanist and did not have my field guide with me on this trip, so I may very well misidentify any or all of the plants in the following photos.  Please leave a comment if you feel the urge to correct me and I’ll give you a free subscription to the Desert Dog Journal :)

Desert Marigolds cover the Catalinas

Cactus Blossoms

Some of the plants are so excited and grateful for the winter rains that their flowers are larger than the rest of the plant!  When I came upon this little cactus, it looked like the flowers were growing right out of the ground.

I’m always amazed at the opportunistic and adaptable nature of plants.  This little succulent is quite happy with whatever soil the wind has blown into the crack.

Soil? Who needs soil?

The washes were flowing much later than in recent years and many are still flowing at higher elevations.  This brings much pleasure to the dog…

Yet another picture of Saja in the water

…and the other critters.

Just a lizard on a rock

This was a most rewarding day to be in the mountains with stunning views in the distance…

Across the Canyon

…and right under your feet.

Desert Paintbrush

Arizona Caltrop

Fleabane

Well, it’s good to be back.  Thanks for stopping by!  Don’t forget to leave a comment if you can identify any of these flowers.

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  1. Dan says:

    Amazing. The wild flowers are so amazing. That is the one reason why I love to hike and explore, to see such colorful flowers makes me so thankful for the great things we are experiencing right now, the wonderful Mother Nature.

  2. I’d love to see the desert in spring. I spent a November wandering around Arizona in my cab over camper one year. That was pretty darn fun and gave me a taste of it. Spring would be something else. Nice photos!

    • Desert Dog says:

      This has been a wet year for us, Lots of snow and rain, so it was a good year for wildflowers to be sure.

  3. Ken says:

    Sorry, I can’t help you on the flower names. I did enjoy the unusual greenery when I last visited Phoenix a couple of months ago.

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