From caterpillar to Sphinx

Previously I posted photos of caterpillars that have emerged all over our area. This is due to the beautiful green foliage growing from our near record breaking desert rains. Today I discovered the beautiful White-lined Sphinx moth that these fascinating caterpillars eventually become. I was more that thrilled to discover several hovering in the flowers…

Flower stages

These too are of a burning color–not orange, not gold, but if pure gold were liquid and could raise a cream, that golden cream might be like the color of the poppies. ~John Steinbeck When you go for a walk, take seeds with you, poppies, rainbow chard, rocket. Plant them among the weeds in patches…

Tuesday’s Flower

I believe this to be the Desert Thorn-apple (Datura discolor). I will be watching for it to open over the next couple of days. According to Wikipedia, all parts of this plant contain a mix of alkaloids that are potentially lethal when enough is ingested. Deaths from careless recreational use of Datura and related plants…

Look Closely

One person’s weed is another person’s wildflower.~Susan Wittig Albert If all flowers wanted to be roses, nature would lose her springtime beauty and the fields would no longer be decked out with little wildflowers.~Therese of Lisieux

Just add water 💦

Challenged with winds and clouds, I trekked to the wash in search of flowers tonight after work. I have learned that virtually anything that sprouts here, produces flowers. We have beautiful weeds! Although my photos are not vivid and bright, I successfully discovered the tiny flower blossoms lining our sandy wash areas. For me, this…