The deserts of Arizona are a great place to be in springtime, especially with good winter rains like those in 2009-2010. Here are some photos:


Usury Mountains in March with the ever present cactus and rarely present flowers

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Yellow flower (poppy? or similar) close up

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At the top of one of my favorite Phoenix South Mountain Park hikes

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Great color near sunset in Phoenix South Mountain Park

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Sunset from near South Mountain

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Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport area from South Mountain park

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Hiking with a nice view of Tempe in the background

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Everything turned very green in March but the small stuff was browning rapidly by April

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Ocotillo and some cactus at the Usery Mountain Recreation Area

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Ocotillo flowering

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Pollination!

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Phacelia, prevalent small purple flowers

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Prevalent small yellow flowers

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Uncommon flowers at Usury Mountain Rec Area

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Atypical flowers at Usury Mountain Rec Area

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Cactus flower

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Ocotillo close up; note the green underneath the older bark

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Some sort of ferns in a shady spot

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Lizard!

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Dodder, a parasitic plant climbing all over the native plants over a small area at South Mountain Park

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