Desert Beauty

Gold Canyon, Arizona

Sophie and I went for a walk along a trail that’s not far from our RV resort. It wanders around the edge of a subdivision and offers a continual view of the Superstition Mountains.

We happened upon all of these images on our walk…

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I love this trail because it’s dirt (there’s something about walking on dirt that’s so much more grounding–no pun intended–than walking on asphalt or cement).

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I don’t know much about cacti, so I’m not sure if this is going to be a flower or new growth. 0214150945

It’s surprising how varied the leaves are in their greeness. These were waxy and a very bright green. 0214150948a

The wildflowers are just beginning to open up. 0214150953A few days ago, this ocotillo had just teeny tiny shoots. Now the leaves are wide open and soaking in lots of sunshine. I’m not sure how long it will be before they bloom at the tips with dark orange flowers. 0214151005

Yellow seems to be the predominant color for most flowers blooming right now. 0214151007

I’m not sure if this is a native plant, but the blooms are just incredibly beautiful.
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Yellow flowered bush that looks like sagebrush. 0214151015a

These actually weren’t on our walk, but they were just too pretty to pass up. One of the residents here planted them near her park model home. They look like they have been varnished and are just gorgeous! 0214151031

6 thoughts on “Desert Beauty”

  1. I am pretty sure the 3rd to last photo is of bougainvilla. According to wikipedia, they are a native of South America:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bougainvillea

    We have a number of them in our yard. They are beautiful and come in a variety of colors, but most have incredible nasty very long thorns that can pierce through sandals and probably shoes….. They grow and spread easily.

  2. Beautiful. Makes me long for spring. I took a long hike up Minneha yesterday and not much springtime happening up there yet. It was a gorgeous day and it looked warmer than it was. Still snow up the shady part of the road and really visually deceptive, it looked ok to walk on but turns out it was icy. I got a little lesson in gravity and am now sporting a technicolor bruise in the shape of Texas on my right butt cheek! The creek is raging. It’s hard to look at it now and know that it will run dry this summer. But nothing blooming or even turning green yet. Heavy sigh!

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