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