Monday walk…Marching into spring

Posted: March 1, 2021 in Monday walk
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Spring in the desert isn’t exactly like spring in most other places. There are no swaths of wildflowers, no green grass everywhere. Spring comes early too, already on its way at the end of February/beginning of March, when it can be not much above freezing at night and by late afternoon be almost 80F. There are flowers, but quite often they’re on plants with thorns that will stab you if you aren’t careful. Still, they are flowers. The sunrise has moved from after 7 am during the winter to before 6 am and we’re off to the Preserve to seek out some signs of spring for Jo’s Monday walk (whenever the next one is.) We’ll see a variety of colors and even a hint of two of softness but always be careful because desert can so easily become dessert. 🙂

These flowers are actually quite tiny, but they’re abundant.

And these aren’t large either.

Happy Monday and welcome to March!

for Jo’s Monday Walk

  1. Su Leslie says:

    Gorgeous sunrise Janet. The red flowers in particular caught my attention; quite similar to our pohutukawa, but the leaves are more like kowhai. Nature is endlessly resourceful.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Your first Spring in the desert? Happy days! I spotted this early on, Janet, but there are too many walks already for people to take the time to visit, so if you add it in the comments I’ll include it next time. 🙂 🙂

  3. Sue says:

    Oh, nice walk!

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  5. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing beauty and color, Janet. We are seeing small signs of hope, but mostly melt and muck.

  6. It’s beautiful! I like the bottle brush like one, and that purple one might entice Hummingbirds to it.

    Some trees here are beginning to look like they’re getting their buds. Ours out front isn’t yet though. I sure hope it survived the winter!

  7. The red flowers are so beautiful!

  8. Such hopeful photos… The new season is right around the corner, along with daylight savings! What a relief!

    • Arizona doesn’t go on daylight savings time but we have to remember that our time in relation to all other time zones changes. As we have family a/o friends in all three other time zones, that gets interesting. 🙂

  9. pommepal says:

    What a different environment you now live in Janet, but so fascinating. Have you found the seasons difficult to adjust too. Love the colours of the desert flowers

    • We hot the hottest summer on record and the most days over 110, so that wasn’t the most exciting thing. Other than that, we’ve adjusted well. I do miss the snow and seasons, though, but it’s also nice here.

  10. Just wanted to say hi.

    You never fail to bring a smile to my face, an appreciation for what you see and capture, and for quiet moments of reflection through your art.


  11. Eha says:

    I have always loved being an evening person, nay a veritable night owl . . . but looking at the fresh, cool beauty surrounding you on your morning walk one does wish to be able to burn the candle at both ends . . . the purity of light in the desert is enviable . . . enjoy it and the flowers !

    • That’s a lovely thing to read, Eha. My husband’s a night owl which makes life interesting. But I love being out in the morning, so you can always come along. 😉


  12. JT Twissel says:

    When I lived near a desert it was the smell of mesquite in the spring that I loved.

  13. de Wets Wild says:

    The desert has a beauty all it’s own, and it gladly reveals that beauty to those who will appreciate it – like you, Janet, as clearly shown in these amazing photos.

  14. Prior... says:

    nice first of the month post for a month like March – the beauty and color here – 😊☀️

  15. peggy says:

    I love the the beauty in the desert. Lovely photos.

  16. Love, love, love those red flowers. Gorgeous.

  17. Resa says:

    Gorgeous shots, Janet! I’m assuming the first beauty is a sunrise?

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