...not to mention a surprising little flush of its yellow blooms, mostly high up in the canopy.
The bark, always a lovely green, has a very nice sheen and particularly rich colour now as well.
The whole look of the tree says more than words about the nature of autumn in the desert: it is very like spring in the temperate zones. This is when plants begin to revive after the most stressful season, the new leaves come out and blossoming begins again, though Parkinsonia florida's main bloom season is unquestionably April.
Many tiny leaves...
...once more veil the shapely green trunks.
While I was in the vicinity, I looked around a little more. A bird (still unidentified) in the nearby Lycium had caught my attention so I took a closer look. I found a nest -- empty, I think, now, though I haven't figured out nesting seasons here.
I really do not know where the builder found the plastic, but I know precisely where the hairs came from because our horses live just the other side of the wall. I'm happy to know some of those carefully combed tail hairs helped build a nest!
And just in front of the Palo Verdes is a stand of wild grasses.
I love them; I don't know what kind of grass they are, but I love the graceful stems and the rather ornamental flowering heads.
So there is a quick look at the wild tree for Lucy's meme at Loose and Leafy, where there is quite a selection of interesting trees to read about.
Weather Diary: Fair; High: 91 F (33 C)/Low: 63 F (17 C)