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Tiny yellow flowers
Tiny yellow flowers

One look at a desert, all those miles and miles of kitty litter, could make one think there’s nothing out there but, well, miles and miles of kitty litter.  If one gets out of the car to take a closer look, however, one sees the delicate beauty of the flowers that insist on blooming regardless of the arid conditions that seem to defy allowing conditions that would facilitate those gorgeous colors.  Sometimes it means getting up close and personal to a plant, and other times, the plants spout blooms that shout out “Come look at me!”

Springtime will bring more flowers but here’s some of what’s blooming out in the southern Arizona desert right now, along with a couple of photos of cactus that are all budded up, just waiting for the perfect day to pop open in bloom!

Pink blooms
Pink blooms with lots of bees buzzing around
Bright red orange bloom
Bright red/orange bloom against a brillant blue sky
Little purple flowers
Little purple flowers
Cactus buds
Cactus buds will open soon into big, bright blooms
Cactus getting ready to bloom
Sharp prickly spines guard tiny buds that’ll open soon

Amazing what “hides” out there in the desert, isn’t it?

See you on the road somewhere!  Or if you see my vehicle parked alongside the road and I’m not in it, stop and park, too – I’d love it if you’d join me out there looking at the colorful desert flowers!

Flowers in the Desert
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12 thoughts on “Flowers in the Desert

  • February 9, 2014 at 3:24 pm

    What fun finding all those flowers!

    I wouldn’t mind joining you, but the word here in Portland is, due to freezing rain and snowy roads is “Do Not Drive”! A text message arrived this morning! We even have a Virtual Church today.

    Keep enjoying, exploring and having fun!

    • February 9, 2014 at 3:29 pm

      Virtual church! What fun, Lorna! I talked to my son yesterday and got the word about the driving conditions up there – I’m happy you’re staying in where it’s safe and warm. I remember how crazy it can get trying to drive in weather… better to stay home!

      I’m hoping I’m still here when spring gets here and the cactus start blooming… those flowers are spectacular! The desert has so much more than a lot of people realize – I hope I can dispel some myths about all those miles of kitty litter!

      Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment 😀

  • February 9, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    A really, really interesting read about the area you’re in is “The Secret Knowledge of Water” by Craig Childs

    • February 9, 2014 at 4:02 pm

      Thanks, Charlie! I added it to my wishlist 🙂

  • February 9, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    I really LOVE the desert in the winter…its so beautiful, very colorful, and defiantly not just kitty litter, hahahaha!!
    Its the best time to wander around, take pictures, and for me…rock hounding!

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Me, too, Debbie! I’m a rock-er myself and still have a rock or two I picked up many years ago in some place far far away 🙂 I don’t pick them up anymore, though – too much weight to carry around! Always thinking about the gas mileage- ha!

  • February 9, 2014 at 5:08 pm

    The desert really has a beauty all its own. You just have to look a little harder sometimes to see it. Great post.

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

      Thanks, Nancy! Have a great day!

  • February 9, 2014 at 5:52 pm

    You must be south of me… we only have those tiny yellow flowers here, and even tinier purple ones. Looking forward to the desert bloom!

    • February 10, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      Hi LaVonne! I’m still down at Mittry Lake just north of Yuma – will be leaving here soon though 🙂 Onward and upward! Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment!

  • February 13, 2014 at 9:55 am

    Beautiful! Yeah rocks are cool, but take a lesson from Lucy in the “Long Long Trailer”, too many rocks can be a bad thing!! Have fun!

    • February 17, 2014 at 1:18 pm

      I just have to find that movie and watch it again… been too many years! No more rocks 🙂

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