It seems like a long time since I have posted pictures. I was surprised to learn it had only been a week.
Neither of these is a great shot, but they both illustrate what I saw on my morning hike. It is very dry here. In town where vegetation is irrigated, plants are in full spring mode. In the open space which is wild high desert, vegetation is taking its sweet time. I saw only a couple of flowers on the first half of my walk, then I saw this Evening Primrose followed by maybe five more blooming plants on the way toward home. Last year at this time, the area was covered with blooms.
The lilac bush outside our kitchen door illustrates what a difference water makes. These smell wonderful.
Continuing with our vegetative theme…This is a plant, which was a gift, was a new one to me. I know Christmas cacti, but this isn’t one. It’s a Spring cactus. Same family, different branch that blooms at different time of year. Another thing which was news to me is that both kinds of cactus are indigenous to tropical forests.
A few days later the Open Space is starting to show signs of spring. This prickly pear is starting to put out flower buds.
What is spring without baseball? The Rockies are hot right now. They swept the Giants in this series.
It seems we are back to flowers. This cholla seems eager to get those flowers blooming.
You probably can’t see him, but in the top of the spruce tree on the left, is a spotted tohee singing and singing.