Sunshine’s Macro Monday #33

My post for Sunshine’s Macro Monday: While visiting our Desert Museum last week, we ran across this plant called Sugar Sumac (Rhus ovata).  It is apparently from the cashew family.  According to Wikipedia the fruit can be used to make juice similar to lemonade. Native Americans used the fruit as a sweetener, and birds also…

Amsinckia: commonly known as Fiddleneck

Fiddleneck was another wildflower quite prevalent on my recent Sunday morning hike.  I also saw them on Saturday walking along the wash.  They are very beautiful in the way they curl, and the green and yellow colors are quite stunning. A small factoid from Wikipedia: The seeds and foliage of fiddlenecks are poisonous to livestock, particularly cattle, because they…

Encelia Farinosa: commonly known as Brittlebush

This morning I headed to a nearby hiking/park area for more outdoor exercise, and to see what spring flowers were blooming.  The amount of sprouts and blooms were amazing.  Because the sky was overcast, and a lot of the flowers were small, I was challenged in capturing their full beauty. Currently most predominate was the…

Leap into Spring!

Yes, today is Leap Day!  And because of our wonderful winter rains, spring is all around us.  I don’t think photos can fully capture the beauty of the wild flowers filling the fields here, but over the next few weeks I’m going to do my best! 🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻🌻 Below are a few flowers I discovered on…