Saturday, April 16, 2011

The Desert Is in Bloom!

I've never been in the Arizona desert this late in spring before. The bright yellow blooms of the Palo Verde tree are everywhere! No wonder this is Arizona's state tree.


They kind of remind me of the forsythia bushes back east.


The Palo Verde tree is recognizable the rest of the year by its green bark.


I've moved into a park (gasp!) to escape the heat, and there are huge oleander bushes in full bloom behind my rig. They're poisonous, but I'm not planning to eat them...


At the entrance to the park is this hairy cactus filled with lantana blossoms.


Lots of cactus are in bloom too.


This one is also in the park, right near my trailer.


This busy little bee was after the pollen. Better him than me.

21 comments:

Jorge and Evielynne's RV Adventures Blog said...

Your photo's rock today - just beautiful... You do forget that AZ has a lot of color... Most enjoyed your blog today...

Evielynne

Me and My Dog said...

I was just reading this morning about all the beautiful cactus blooming in Borrego Springs right now. The rain has really brought them out. I might drive there tomorrow just to check it out - but in my car - for a few hours.
Gorgeous photos!

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Very nice looking trees and flowers. Probably does not do much for those with allergies.

Rick and Paulette said...

Great photos, outstanding!

Judy and Emma said...

I would think that a park with electric for AC would be a good move in the AZ heat. Great photos!

Donna K said...

What gorgeous blossoms. It is easy to forget how colorful and full of life the desert can be. Enjoyed your post.

Sue and Doug said...

great photos today, Diana!..love all the different colours!!!

Luci & Loree said...

Love the flowers and blooming pics!!!

Sally in WA said...

I love the desert when its in bloom. Great pictures!

E Squared and Mui said...

I'm amazed at the amount of color there is in the desert.

Janie O said...

Beautiful blooms, great pictures...thank you. Forsythia in Illinois here are blooming, too, as are daffodils, crocus, tulips, and the flowering trees. The other trees are beginning to leaf out too. It's a wonderful time of year. You're hot out there and we have quite a stretch of cool, 50s,60s,and rain here.

Rustedgranny said...

I'm showing these pictures to my friends who do not appreciate how beautiful my (soon to be) new home really is.

Maggie said...

Thank you for these desert moments. Just beautiful. Here at the coast it's cold and damp. Stay there.

Jim and Sandie said...

Gorgeous pictures. I love the desert all the time, but when it is in bloom it is spectacular. Hope to be back Friday. We'll have to get together before we leave again.

Dave said...

Great colours, I think spring is the best time of year.

Lynn said...

Breathtaking pictures thanks so much for sharing those so much color wow!

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Sondra said...

I LOVE the desert flora--its so unique!! Glad you are where you can enjoy life with the luxuries of AC-you deserve it!!
Great photos of the flowers--last yr I was there to see the saguaros in bloom it was very special!!!ENJOY-

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

Great pictures of the bloomin' deset. Who'd of thought it would be that beautiful.

Sorry you had to stay in a campground, I'm sure you're suffering in that cool air conditioning. ;c)

Anonymous said...

Great Picture and great narrative. I was in the Big Bend National Park last year when the desert was in bloom wow what a sight. Thanks a again for a great blog.
Dan
Bubbadan

Kevin and Ruth said...

Gorgeous pictures of all the blooms. So beautiful.

Kevin and Ruth
www.travelwithkevinandruth.com