It’s not just about the birds.

Posted: June 16, 2020 in Nature
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The Riparian Preserve seems to have gone to the birds and it’s true, there are all sorts of birds and lots of them. Birders are there daily, some with camera lenses as big as my leg and almost as long. To them my telephoto lens must look like a macro lens.

But it’s not just about the birds or even about the animals (most abundant of which are the rabbits.) There are plants, too, and the palo verde, native to the Sonoran desert where we are, is one of my favorites. I love the bright yellow and the feathery look.

Palo verde means “green stick” in Spanish and once you get closer, you can see why.

The trees can photosynthesize through their green bark, an important adaptation for a tree that drops its leaves during the warm season and in response to fall cooling. Palo verdes also drop stems and branches to combat drought. ~Desert USA

I like the flowers so much that I keep taking photos of them. 🙂 They look particularly nice with the sun behind them.

As you can see, I’m not the only one who finds them attractive. Bees, flies, and beetles are pollinators who enjoy spending a bit of time on a palo verde flower. Green sticks and yellow flowers make a great combination for people and insects alike.

  1. Wow! Beautiful photos Janet! I like these flowers!

  2. Dan Antion says:

    I’m learning about all kinds of new things. Lovely photos, Janet. It’s hard to top the last one, great capture of the bee.

  3. beth says:

    i’m so happy to see all of it

  4. It is beautiful when you get a closer look at those blooms!

  5. Resa says:

    Wow! What a beautiful plant! New to me & thank you!
    So that’s how you get such fab close-ups; with a BIG lens.

  6. I am really enjoying seeing your nature photos from the desert. Is this preserve somewhere you can walk to or do you have to travel to get there? It looks beautiful.

  7. de Wets Wild says:

    The Palo Verde really is a most beautiful bush, and wonderful to see it and the insects thriving!

  8. Su Leslie says:

    Gorgeous plant. Thanks for introducing it to me Janet.

  9. joey says:

    It’s called palo verde? Now my family and I are discussing the yellow tree is called the green tree and this reminds us of redbud trees, which have purple buds. Good share! That could easily be the prettiest yellow tree of fluff! I’m a fan!