Dateline: 22 March 2016
While Tucson doesn’t seem to have experienced a “super-bloom” this year, the subtle delights of the trail were the intense colors of the spring wildflowers. We took a short hike to avoid the heat and were amply rewarded. Inquiring hikers want to know: does the desert sun concentrate those colors? They were simply eye-popping.
Trailing four o’clock, also known as trailing windmills.
At the start of the day.
Penstemon in the early light.
Looking west from the ridge.
Desert rosemallow, in the light.
Coursetia flowers and pods.
Intense magenta blossoms then fades.
Framed by saguaro ribs.
Winter rain in an orange package = desert mariposa lily.
Red ocotillo, blue sky and golden brittlebush.