Friday, August 7, 2015
The Wild Tree: August
The first surprise was finding a couple of blooms of Desert Poppy open... at last! These marvelous wildflowers (Kallstroemia grandiflora, see my post from last year) are not true poppies despite the name; they are not even related to the California or Mexican Poppies (Eschscholzia spp.). Rather they are distantly akin to the common Arizona shrub Larrea tridentata (Creosote). But their brilliant golden blooms are rather poppy-like and serve a similar purpose, bursting into colour over the desert landscape during the monsoon season.
Loose and Leafy . These trees, too, have changed rapidly with the rains. Branches which were nearly bare one month ago are clad in an abundance of tiny leaves.