We arrived at Usery Mountain Regional Park on April 1st. We did not realize what was awaiting us this year.
Chain fruit cholla - in our campsite
Buckhorn cholla - this one also in our campsite
Ocotillo: not dead sticks now
Creosote in bloom
Jojoba come in male and female plants
Berries on desert mistletoe
This is the teddy bear cholla that attacked Dora
Foothill Palo Verde: the state tree of Arizona
The buckhorn cholla were in full bloom. I never realized that they came in such a variety of colors or how beautiful this normally treacherous plant could become.
More of the beautiful buckhorn blossoms
As the cholla bloom was ending, the saguaro were opening.
View from our door
Birds at the feeder include quail and doves