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…

A hike in the park

I am one of the lucky ones that gets the day off today for Martin Luther King day.  Rather than sit at home, we headed out for a short hike at a nearby State Park.  It was a beautiful morning.  In fact, it was very warm out. I got a few photos where the sunlight…

From Flower to Fruit

Saguaro Cactus, after dozens of years of growth, will produce beautiful white flowers.  These flowers are pollinated by bees and birds during the day, and bats at night (see previous post here). Soon after bloom (they bloom for less than 24 hours!), the fruit will appear.  The fruit is eatable.  Sweet juicy tissue surrounds up…

The Saguaro Pollinators

The Saguaro cactus is unique, and beautiful.  They are very protected and they take years to grow, living as long as 150-200 years.  Each spring they flower, and the stark white of the flower is gorgeous against the green of the plant and the blue of the sky. This morning I took a leisurely hike…