I was super pleased to note that today's edition included two photos by Ned Harris that were pretty much the same as the ones I took during the walk. They were of spring mustards that Anne is particularly fond of. You can see why below.
|Silverbells or Jewel Flower|
We all stopped to view and listen to this fellow.
These guys are getting more and more prevalent as they join the Brittlebush in the "yellow" category.
|Mexican Gold Poppies|
|Desert Lupine left Elegant Lupine right (not flowering yet)|
|Indian Mallow Seedpods|
The silverpuffs and caliche globe mallows are large enough to really catch your eye with their vivid colors and the Chicory also stands out as a separate bloom..
Fred, our all purpose butterfly, bird, and everything sort of guy took a few of us back along the rougher Bluff Trail and pointed out some special things.
|Why is Sabino Creek sort of brownish in color? Because of the tannins deposited upstream by the oak leaves.|
He also spotlighted some ferns nestled back in the bluff's walls that we never would have noticed.
|Fairy Spears and Spiny Cliff Brake Ferns. The spears have the pointed tips|
|Wavy Cloak Fern|
|Non Spiny Prickly Pear|
Three butterflies of note were
|Very tiny. (around half an inch) |
Blue Pygmy Butterfly