While waiting for Ron's finger to heal (more on that in the next post,) we had a couple more outings to see the desert in bloom.
One day we checked out McDowell Mountain Regional Park which is about 15 miles directly north of Mesa, but, because of a lack of bridges, it's about twice as far by road. Although the hiking trails would not be particularly interesting during most of the year, in the spring they turn into 'yellow brick roads.'
The majority of color was courtesy of the brittlebush which looks dead most of the year.
The creosote added to the profusion of yellow - such a happy color.
The wild heliotrope added some contrasting blue.
Most of the hike was along a ridge with nice 360 degree views.
Another day we went to Boyce Thompson Arboretum State Park, luckily not one of the Arizona state parks that are scheduled to close. The park has a forest of giant Red Gum Eucalyptus trees.
This was labeled as an Arizona Hedgehog, although I was convinced it was a claret cup.
These yucca were looking fine.
And here's one of the reasons why Ron and I are sneezing - Sweet Acacia.
They have an interesting way to keep visitors on the path.
We were too early to see this century plant in bloom.
They do a good job showcasing the native plants.
Look how the spots on this guy help with his camouflage.
I don't think this is a native desert plant, but look how gorgeous this gazania is.