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.
Looking west from the ridge.
Intense magenta blossoms then fades.
Framed by saguaro ribs.
Winter rain in an orange package = desert mariposa lily.
Coursetia flowers and pods.
Desert rosemallow, in the light.
At the start of the day.
Red ocotillo, blue sky and golden brittlebush.
Penstemon in the early light.