This palo verde has dropped its sesame seed sized leaves and put on this sulfurous mantle.
If you are in the Sonoran desert now and not in a coma, yellow is an inescapable fact of life, and who'd want to escape this?! As I sat down to make this post I had to laugh. I checked my email first and had a message from a friend and fellow docent (whom I greatly admire) at the Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum announcing a new post on her wonderful desert blog In the Sonoran Sun. Her blog post topic? The Yellow Moment. Carole couldn't be more right. This is a moment we anticipate annually, but I somehow always forget just how YELLOW it is. It is a bittersweet time; most of the yellow blossoms will soon disappear under the searing platinum sun of summer in the Sonoran desert.
Here are some images I took this morning on a walk around our garden.
|A Gila Woodpecker breakfasting on the hummingbird nectar|
|Golden Columbines in the barrio garden|
|Desert marigold tangled in a barrel cactus|
|An eruption of Mexican sunflowers|
|The scent from this chocolate flower can induce a relapse in a chocoholic|
|The fruit from last year's barrel cactus flowers|
|Prickly pear bloom, lemon yellow on the aqua and lavender pads|
|Variegated agave...what big, and purple, teeth you have!|
|Palo brea blossoms|