Southern Arizona has had a LOT of rain this spring – a lot more than usual, thanks to tropical storms pushing their way up here from Baja California. The result? Beautiful desert flowers.
Hedgehog cactus flowers are my favorite cactus flowers here; they’re so big and showy and colorful.
Mexican golden poppies are always a treat.
Like many desert plants, ocotillos drop their leaves during dry periods and look suspiciously dead, only to turn lush again almost overnight when there’s enough rain.
I also got a new life bird on the walk where I snapped these photos – an Ash-throated Flycatcher. I have yet to visit Arizona without seeing at least one new bird species! Anyway, tomorrow we leave for the Chiricahuas, where with any luck I’ll get a couple more. It’s Sunday now, but I’m scheduling this post to appear on Tuesday, so hopefully by the time you read this I’ll have seen Yellow-eyed Juncos and Mexican Jays!