I saw a splash of color up in the wash behind our house yesterday, so I grabbed my Canon SX40 camera and hiked up there. When I got to the beavertail cactus, there was a large pink flower open. I hiked up a little higher to the prickly pear cactus and found several yellow flowers open there. I posted photos of the pink and yellow flowers above, but I also took another of a pair of prickly pear yellow flowers and uploaded it here. Click on either flower above to view full size.
Some of the best things about living in the semi-rural desert is watching the wildlife and seeing the beautiful cactus flowers. There is always something going on.
I was out in the front yard spraying for weeds when I noticed a curve-billed thrasher suddenly flush out of a nearby cholla cactus. I put down the spray bottle to investigate and discovered that the thrashers had restored their nest in the cactus from last year. I peeked in and saw three eggs in the nest. Luckily, I had my Canon SX40 still strapped around my neck and held it above the cholla to get this shot of the eggs in the nest. Click on the image to enlarge.
We were at the pharmacy this morning to pick up some meds when I saw the old saguaro cactus in the parking lot had sprouted some flowers. We went over and took a few pictures of the new flowers and all the flower pods of flowers to come.These are the first saguaro flowers we have seen this spring. The saguaro flower is the state flower of Arizona. Click on the image to enlarge.
Happy Easter! Enjoy this pretty Easter Lily that opened up just in time for today. I took this photo of it out on the courtyard this morning. Click on the image to enlarge.
What may be the last of the hedgehog flowers for this year opened today. There were several pods open and I did not see any more getting ready to open. This was the prettiest one on the cactus today. We will miss them until next year. Click on the image to enlarge.
The Mama and the Daddy took us to the dog park again today. After getting in the park, we ran and ran and had fun. The Mama took this picture of Bay Bay and me running through the park. Click on us to make us big.
A few days ago, I dug this cute pair of bunny ears and put them on Bay Bay. He tolerated them long enough to let me snap this photo of him wearing them. Too cute! Click on the image to enlarge.