Feb. 12 – Out of the Frying Pan Into the Fire!

The difference in environment from the desert on the east side of the Colorado River to the desert on the west side of the river is comparable to the Frying Pan to the Fire effect! The Sonoran desert looked veritably lush to us in hindsight! The different colors of green awed us, from the huge saguaro and the variety of cholla cacti, palo verde and mesquite trees, to the light fuzz of the sprouts of forbs and grasses that carpeted the sandy, pebbly desert surface. Fall rains must have been adequate this year! The Colorado desert by comparison looks parched! The ocotillo bushes east of the river were covered with tiny emerald leaves on their spiny branches. Here on the west side of the river the ocotillo are blooming already, with the crimson flowers perched on the tips of tan, dead looking sticks.

We've seen only 2 fully leafed out ocotillo around here!

We’ve seen only 2 fully leafed out ocotillo around here!

A more typical ocotillo, bright red blooms on dead sticks!

A more typical ocotillo, bright red blooms on dead sticks!

 

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