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Spring has Sprung in the Desert

Spring is my favorite time of the year in the desert. The temperature is perfect at night for driving with the windows down and smelling the cat claws and lavender in bloom.






















I set out early in the morning for an adventurous day of trekking through the desert. The javelinas are awake before I am. They are always on the lookout for food! I think they're the cutest of all the desert creatures.




















The prickly pear cactus is the crown jewel of desert treasures. She is even more beautiful when she is in bloom.






















Above is a picture of the prickly pear's first bloom of the season in April. Just look at those gorgeous pale pink petals, straight out of a fairy tale!


There are gorgeous flowers to feast my eyes on everywhere I look. Here I am, stopping to admire this ray of sunshine brittlebush below.














Here are some hungry bees savoring some sweet nectar.























Below is a picture of the breathtaking barrel cactus in fiery bloom!














Below are some simple wildflowers that are no less lovely in their own right.





















The desert landscape has such a mesmerizing quality. My mind is quiet. My heart is open. My soul is satisfied. As I look at all the resilient plants and creatures who call the desert their home, I am humbled. It's back to the basics. All I can think about is the next step I take and a cool drink of water.




























I'm loving all of these textures. Even after dozens of pictures, I still can't capture them all!





























































































There are so many little lizards scurrying along the sidewalks and greeting me when I return home from a hard day's hike.
























Now, it's time to top off my day with a gorgeous desert sunset. No matter what day it is, and no matter what time of year it is, the sunsets are always out of this world!










































Happy Hiking and Merry Trails!

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