Spring Flowers in the Desert

spring (sprĭng)  n.

a. The season of the year, occurring between winter and summer, during which the weather becomes warmer and plants revive, extending in the Northern Hemisphere from the vernal equinox to the summer solstice and popularly considered to comprise March, April, and May.
b. A time of growth and renewal.

In my experience, springtime usually conjures images of bright green grass, flowers in bloom, trees dotted with blossoms, and warmer weather. When I moved to Arizona, I didn’t expect to see any of those usual markers (except the warmer weather). But it turns out that even Southern Arizona has a plethora of flowers and trees that are brimming with new flowers and buds. (The grass, however, is still restricted to golf courses and apartment complexes that can afford to constantly run sprinkler systems.) Did you know that in order for a plant to be classified as a cactus, it must produce a flower?

I took a few photos of some flowers around Tucson. This is just a small sampling — there are much more starting to show, especially up in the mountains (and I think I missed the window to see the mexican poppies blooming). You can click the links below to see full versions of the photos (#1 is in the center, and then #2 starts in the top left corner).

1. 114/365, 2. Wildflowers, 3. 14/52: Open, 4. Wildflowers, 5. Ocotillo, 6. _MG_3647, 7. City View, 8. 103/365, 9. 106/365, 10. 110/365, 11. 116/365, 12. 121/365, 13. 99/365

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