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As I'm planning to head N a couple of weeks earlier than usual, I figured it was about time to head into the desert w/ my camera to record this year's "bounty" of wildflowers due to the amount of rain we had earlier, so I saddled-up, heading SE to the Florence-Kelvin Hwy. My routing was via the F-K to AZ 77, then N to AZ 60, W to AZ 79, then S to my place, so w/out 'further-ado' - I'll let the pics do the talking....

























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The next pic shows mistletoe attacking the tree on the right. I'm NOT sure if it's the same mistletoe that we hang at Christmas, but it doesn't seem very nice...!



I also saw a "vermillion flycatcher" which has to be the F-16 of little birds, watching it 'pulling-G' to catch insects.











I rode just over 103 miles, my 'moving average' a lowly 35 mph as I watched for color along the road (as well as OTHER traffic, of course!). Temp got to 91F, around 17 degrees above the normal for this time of year.

TOUGH, but I guess - SOMEBODY'S got to do it...!

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Nice pics - thanks for sharing them !

I'm going to get out there one of these days to see the desert in bloom

Is it too late this year already ?

We were out around Canyon Verde a few years ago and most of the cactus were in bloom. Very pretty.
 

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Spectacular photos! Always liked the desert in bloom. Reminds me of our home in Alamogordo, NM, some years back. (Charming wife was Deputy Director of Logistics for the F-117 wing, but that's another story).

Our yards were entirely desert landscape which that meant something was in bloom year round. That was the great part. The not so great part was that absolutely everything had thorns and needle and even spikes. When it came time to trim bushes and cacti I always ended up looking as if had been in a cat fight - and lost badly.
 

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It's truly amazing how much stuff grows in the desert when there is adequate rainfall. Everything is quite brown around here as we haven't had much snow and no rain to speak of. Still early though......
 

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Nice pics - thanks for sharing them !

I'm going to get out there one of these days to see the desert in bloom

Is it too late this year already ?

We were out around Canyon Verde a few years ago and most of the cactus were in bloom. Very pretty.
It's not too late yet, in fact it is at it's peak! However it will be decaying rapidly soon!
 

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...Is it too late this year already ?...
It ain't too late YET, but maybe SOON.

The 'downside' is that all that grass will dry out becoming a major fore-hazard!

...Our yards were entirely desert landscape which that meant something was in bloom year round. That was the great part. The not so great part was that absolutely everything had thorns and needle and even spikes. When it came time to trim bushes and cacti I always ended up looking as if had been in a cat fight - and lost badly.
My yard too. Last week I went out to 'trim' some cacti in the front wearing fairly new coveralls and work gloves, TRYING to be very careful, but I still got "...thorns and needle and even spikes..." in them, so all I could do was to throw the coveralls and gloves in the garbage.

Oh well.
 

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Thanks for sharing those, Ed. Too many times we tend to ride by interesting places that deserve a closer look. I notice a predominance of yellow and orange flowers in those desert photos.

Around here, we get different wildflowers blooming throughout the season- from April to October. Actually sooner than that, as I have snowdrops in bloom here since the end of February, then crocus and grape hyacinths follow.

A favourite time for me is when the lilacs blossom and I can smell them as I ride by. That is another advantage we motorcyclists have over car drivers: the ability to smell the world that we ride through.

Do those desert flowers have a strong scent or more subtle? I expect that depends on the variety.
 

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...Actually sooner than that, as I have snowdrops in bloom here since the end of February, then crocus and grape hyacinths follow....
I had a farm in E Ontario (St Eugene) when I lived in the E, big two-story red-brick house. When the snow was starting to melt I would take some plastic flowers (tulips or gladiolas I believe) and stick 'em into the snow-drift along the foundation on the W side.

ALL my neighbors thought that I had some kind of 'green thumb'....:yeahsmile:

...Do those desert flowers have a strong scent or more subtle?....
I've not noticed any scents, unlike the tiger-lilies that would grow in the ditches around St Eugene.

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MORE AZ cactus flowers...

I go for a two mile walk in the mornings, so today I carried my camera and took THESE pics:

































...and YES - I KNOW that some are NOT cactus flowers....

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