|Chuparosa in full bloom.
When I arrived, in late January, it was yellow. Perky little daisies - Brittle Brush - everywhere I went.
|Desert Globe Mallow
I happily wasted the better part of an afternoon meandering Spur Cross Ranch, to photograph this pretty girl.
And, then came the reds. That gorgeous, jaw-dropping, terra cotta red. The color I always think of when I'm thinking of the desert Southwest.
This is the Ocotillo - bursting forth on 6 -10 foot tall, gangly, prickly stems with stunning clusters of (edible!) red blooms.
And, right when I thought it couldn't get any prettier... up pops a POPPY!
Well, not just one Poppy. Plentiful Poppies! Mexican Poppies blanketing the hillsides.
|I don't remember her name. Horses are the only thing we have in common.
I'm not sure why I love horses so much. But, sometimes I think the #1 reason is because it's a whole lot easier to climb those high hills when the horsie is doing most of the work! :)
|Cave Creek, Arizona, is a crazy, eclectic horse town.
Then, we took the long way home.
Where I spotted some purples and blues.
Shock o' the world, there is a Desert Lupine! And, what appears to be a Canterbury Bell! (I don't know the correct names of these.)
I'm from Minnesota - where Lupines shrug off that ridiculously cold weather...
It's so hard to imagine they would grow well down here. But, I guess we all flourish with a wee bit o' sunshine.
Here's hoping y'all had a wonderful week.
* I rented my house to a snow lover, in exchange for this house, in sun country. I'm visiting Cave Creek, AZ for 6 weeks this winter. My! How time flies! Next week, it is time to go home.