In The Desert
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In the late Winter or early Spring when we get a few nice rains (doesn't happen every year in the desert) then we're liable to get a great year for a beautiful bloom in the desert. This was one of those years -- pictured to the right. This was taken near the end of January 2005. We had rain on and off for several weeks, not steady but more than normal. Look a the green on the hills! The fowers in the desert when they are booming are beautiful!
This is Scorpion Weed and it grows all over in the desert and survives even the hottest days. It has a terrible odor that smells like bad body odor. If you step on it or run over it with your vehicle you'll know it! It has hairs on it that cause a skin rash.
This yellow flower is a Fiveneedle Pricklyleaf and they were growing with the Scorpion Weed. The colors in the desert when we have a good year are always amazing.
These are Coral Bean Flowers. They seem to like to grown in and near washes. They have highly toxic red beans. Flowers appear before the plant leafs out.
These grow in carpets in the desert.These are very prolific plants if it rains a little several times close together. They grow low - 6 to 8 inches high.
This lonely flower was growing out in the desert in a flat area. It is the Glandular Cape Marigold. Or African Daisey. What a beautiful flower to find out in the desert. These African plants are often found in wild flower mixes and have become naturalized here in the desert.
This is the Arizona Lupine. It grows in the desert at lower elevations and is one of the prettiest flowers. The fruit is a legume, slightly less than an inch long. It is common in open sandy washes in all of the desert southwest at lower elevations.
This is a common bush / flower found in the lower desert all across the Southwest in the desert. This is the Brittle Bush. There are washes named Yellow Medicine because of the high number of Brittle Bushes found on the hills near the washes. The Native Americans called this plant Yellow Medicine, and it was used in their medicine potions and tea.
This was found near Baker Tanks which is located just a little South and East of Wellton, Arizona. Interesting plant found in the desert near the pools of water in the tanks. It's leaves and stalks were covered with little stickers or needles.
This one is the Miniature Wool Star. Not a common flower, but it is found in Arizona in several places in rocky areas in the desert.
This is the Desert Fairy Duster. Although not found as often as some of the other flowers in the desert. It is, as you can see, a beautiful specimen.
This is the Gordon Bladderpod and it was found just North of the Bradshaw Trail. It was growing quite prolifically all along the washes going into the Red Cloud Mine, California.
Found on the Bradshaw Trail it is quite common in that area. This is the Southwestern Pricklypoppy. The branches are full of prickly needles and the plants are about 2 ft. high.
This is the Indian Paintbrush. It's a beautiful red flower found mostly in the high desert. You can't miss this one.
This is the Desert Lily. It was found in Baja, Mexico. They are also found in the Sonoran Desert in the Southwest. It's in the Agave family. And this flower has a bulb like an oinion, without the smell or taste.
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Glandular Cape Marigold