Late winter flowering plants

In Phoenix, late winter on the calendar is more like early spring elsewhere. These pictures are from early February through mid-March.

The plants in the upper tier of the picture have minuscule flowers and short, delicate leaves. The plants in the foreground have larger leaves and flowers that are more visible. The silvery green leaves belong to Brittlebushes (see below).

White flowers are rare in Phoenix’s desert.

Lupines — blue is a rare color in Phoenix’s desert, also.

Looks like a Dandelion but it’s not

Green Feathery Senna

Close-up of Green Feathery Senna flowers

This Brittlebush is larger than ones in the wild because it’s being irrigated. It’s growing outside my apartment’s patio.

Close-up of a Brittlebush flower at Sabino Canyon. From Wikipedia.

Creosote bush

This Sweet Acacia tree needs to have the dead wood cut out and to be shaped.

Sweet Acacia flowers

Unless otherwise attributed, photos are mine from a Sony point-and-shoot camera.

More on the Desert Senna

You’ll find details and about Desert Senna with photos from the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists.

Also from: Native Seeds/SEARCH where you can buy seeds.

My pictures are on the post Desert Senna.

While you’re at it, check out Wikipedia. Unfortunately, the top photo looks like Desert Milkweed.

Desert Senna

Phoenix, Arizona | August-September 2022
Desert Senna

Recently, my sister identified a common wildflower that is native to the Southwestern desert. It flowers from spring to autumn. It lends color to the summer landscape when almost nothing else blooms.

I’ve seen bees visiting the flowers. There’s not much food here for them during the summer otherwise.

Arizona Poppies are summer flowering as is Bird of Paradise.

I don’t remember what Desert Senna looks like during the winter.

Desert Senna grows as a shrublet.



Arizona Poppy


Bird of Paradise

Cows escape from Indian reservation!

On my sunrise walk, I spotted two cows crossing a local town street walking away from a wash (dry riverbed) and then back again into the wash. Groundwater feeds lush greenery in the wash including grass, which the cows were munching on. Most likely they escaped from the nearby Indian reservation about two miles away where they raise cattle.

I only have pictures of one of the cows.

I called 9-1-1 and an officer came right away. He said that he was going to call folks on the reservation.

Although the cows were happily eating grass, I wasn’t going to be eating until I got home about half an hour later. And I wasn’t going to be eating grass.

I feel blessed to have had this once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Summer solstice sunrise

June 21, 2021 | Phoenix, Arizona

Summer begins officially today, but here in Phoenix we’re well into summer. We just had a record stretch of eight days of high temperatures above 110 degrees Fahrenheit — the hundred teens. For me, summer began just after Memorial Day — May 31st this year.

Sunrise today was at 5:17 AM Mountain Standard Time. The first picture was taken at about 5:10. The last picture was taken around 5:38.

Time for a glass of iced tea with sugar.

Sunrise over the Four Peaks

April 15, 2021 | Phoenix, Arizona

Astronomical sunrise was at 5:57 AM Mountain Standard Time. (Arizona doesn’t go on daylight savings time.) The sun became visible over the Four Peaks at about 6:11.

Clouds are barely illuminated.

A distant cloud appears like a streak between two lower peaks.

Two birds appear in this picture.

The last moment before the sun appeared. A bird appears in the upper right corner of the frame.

6:11 AM; a bird appears to the right not far above the horizon.

A few moments later

Pictures were taken with a point-and-shoot camera without filters or a tripod.

After the Full Moon

January 29, 2021 | 16 Shvat 5781 | Phoenix, Arizona

Apparently, the Full Moon was yesterday. I couldn’t take a picture because it was heavily overcast. We’ve had rain on and off for a week. (It’s expected to rain this afternoon.) This first picture was taken about 25 minutes before sunrise, which was at 7:25 AM Mountain Standard Time. The second one was from about a half hour earlier. I took these pictures with a point-and-shoot camera with no tripod, as usual.

A new year dawns

Friday, January 1, 2021 | Phoenix, Arizona

New Year’s Day began at midnight, but nothing in nature was noticeable as the day changed from December 31st to January 1st. It’s a social convention.

In contrast, dawn and sunrise are observable. So, I took pictures as the first day of the new year dawned.

May good fortune for the world dawn with the new year.

Happy New Year.

May we celebrate with many cups of hot tea with sugar!

About 7:34 AM Mountain Standard Time. Sunrise behind the mountains was at 7:31 AM. What look like fingers are the arms of a saguaro (SWAH ro) cactus.

About 7:45 AM

About 7:49 AM

Moments later

Moments later

About 7:50 AM. A bird appears at the top of the picture.