19. July 2018 · Comments Off on Tucked Away, Not Eaten · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

Open grazing territory. Easy enough to see where the cattle, deer, and elk traverse.

But deep in a narrow tucked-away wash, not even open enough for small animal trails, flowers stand a chance.

Sweet Flower
13. May 2018 · Comments Off on Altitude Adjustment · Categories: Places · Tags: , ,

In the 6000’s, which is close enough. And back off the grid. The auxiliary reflection hut with its lovely interior sculpting was constructed from cob.

The scarlet flowers are blooming from prickly mounds among the pinons and junipers.

02. August 2015 · Comments Off on High Hatting · Categories: Places · Tags:

A denizen of the Blackthorn Hill Nature Preserve gets a little shade.

Thistle Hat
06. May 2015 · Comments Off on Budfellows · Categories: Places · Tags: , ,

Saguaro blooming looming.

Saguaro Bloom and Buds
17. April 2015 · Comments Off on Delving · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

“Killer bee” (which actually make fine neighbors) meets New Mexico Thistle flower.

Bee Thistling
10. April 2015 · Comments Off on Red Menace · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

A little yellow journalism around here.

Red Menace

A prickly pear that would rather be red than dead.

Red Handed
08. April 2015 · Comments Off on Meet a Beetle · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

The devouring exoskeletal blister beetle versus tender flowers.

30. March 2015 · Comments Off on Bright Spots · Categories: Places · Tags:

The Sonoran Desert is carpeted with flowers. Mariposa Lilies in the first two photos tend to be off the beaten path. The last is a Desert Broomrape.

11. November 2014 · Comments Off on Translucent Intentions · Categories: Places · Tags:
Seedpod Tiny Vine Seedpod
18. October 2014 · Comments Off on Stemming From · Categories: Places · Tags: ,

After the bloom is off the Night Blooming Cereus flowers, the seed pod emerges in the stem below. The photos are from different plants; the night blooming cereus are a bit delicate and subject to catastrophe, some of the plants depicted are no longer alive. Even the generally helpful and welcomed extended monsoon rains played a role, since NBC’s are prone to root rot. Several healthy specimens in high parts of drainage areas, in normal seasons a perfect placement, have been overwhelmed.