Apr 12 2015

Desert Bouquet III

Melissa Crytzer Fry

Here we are, not quite mid-April, and the desert’s wildflowers are already fading (we are literally two months ahead of schedule with blooms — they started in early February, and plants normally blooming in June are in full swing right now). That doesn’t mean I can’t share the stockpile of images with you that I’ve taken since February (See Desert Bouquet 1 and Desert Bouquet 2). Remember: the photos are better when you click to enlarge each one!

Look who's hanging out on this desert hyacinth.

Look who’s hanging out on this desert hyacinth.

The common name of the desert hyacinth is the bluedick. See the moisture inside the cup.

The common name of the desert hyacinth is the bluedick — even though it’s purple! See the moisture inside the cup.

Field of bluedicks.

Field of bluedicks.

Paleface delphinium.

Paleface delphinium.

Rambling milkweed.

Rambling milkweed.

Pink fairy duster in background. And mariposa lily (because I just couldn’t resist sharing another). 

I've never seen pink hedgehogs, but there were plenty on our property this year.

I’ve never seen light pink hedgehogs, but there were plenty on our property this year (usually blooming late May to early June – now, just about done).

This is the typical fuchsia color of hedgehog flowers!

This is the typical fuchsia color of hedgehog flowers!

Feather dalea.

Feather dalea.

Over the past five years, I have yet to identify this one!

Over the past five years, I have yet to identify this one!

While our bright season is winding down, I hope your bright seasons are just beginning!


Apr 5 2015

Desert Bouquet II

Melissa Crytzer Fry

As promised … another photoblog sharing the bountiful color of the Sonoran desert (Click to enlarge — please, they’re better that way! — and see my previous desert wildflower post, Desert Bouquet I).

Lone lupine among a sea of pincushions.

Lone lupine among a sea of pincushions.

Claret Cup

Claret Cup

Tuber Anemone.

Tuber Anemone

Unidentified. Anyone know?

New Mexico Plumeseed (chicory).

New Mexico Plumeseed (chicory).

Desert marigold.

Desert marigold.

Closeup, pincushion.

Closeup, pincushion.

Saguaro seen through blooming palo verde.

Saguaro seen through blooming palo verde.

Next week, I’ll share the blues, purples, pinks and fuchsias of the desert! Hope things are warming up in your neck of the woods (or if you live here, cooling down. It’s been in the 90s for more than a week now).