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