The Desert in Bloom

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!

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