The Palo Verde Tree in Spring Bloom – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

Since spring is officially here, I thought it would be appropriate to share some shots from a photo shoot I did today. In the desert, spring is well known for the various cacti coming into bloom. It is beautiful to see these succulents produce flowers that seem contra to the starkness of the plant itself. Along with the cacti blooming, the native trees also come into their own, with a full display of flowers covering the branches. One of the more popular trees is the Palo Verde. The trees are native to this region and naturally grow along the many “washes” that cross the desert landscape (washes are dry creek beds that fill very quickly with water during the summer monsoon rains). The trees grow quickly, have a light fern type of leaf and are known for their green trunks and branches. Over the last week, they have turned yards, parkways, and desert washes into dramatic splashes of bright yellow. I realize it isn’t the same as flowering crabs or cherry blossoms and other flowering spring plants, but in the desert, you take what you can get.

I have attached five shots from today of the Palo Verde trees and then added at the end four shots of succulent blooms I came across as I was capturing Palo Verdes.


 

Spring bloom

Palo Verde Spring Bloom One

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Palo Verde Spring Bloom Two

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Palo Verde Spring Bloom Three

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Palo Verde Spring Bloom Four

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Palo Verde Spring Bloom Five


 

Succulents in bloom I came across today:

Ocotillo

Spring bloom

Ocotillo Bloom

Purple Paddle

Spring bloom

Purple Paddle

Red Yucca

Spring bloom

Red Yucca

Last, but not least, a native shrub the Yellow Bell

Spring bloom

Yellow Bell

Thoughts?


 

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32 thoughts on “The Palo Verde Tree in Spring Bloom – Excerpts from a Photo Shoot

  1. Sue Slaght

    Kirt what came ot mind was an explosion of color. We were in Tucson last year at this time ad loved exploring the desert in all it’s glory. these are amazing photos and the lead one superb.

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  2. fittoservegroup

    Hi Kirt, spring in the dessert a big difference from what we experience in South Florida. Lately, I have been gardening more and so appreciate all the blooms I get to bring inside.

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      It has taken us awhile to get use to the desert spring….we lived in San Diego for 24 years…..green and blooming year around like s Florida. Thanks for stopping by!!

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  3. reocochran

    The photographs were such a gift of glorious colors to share with us, Kirt!! I would only wish to see them again soon. My grandparents lived in Phoenix, Arizona so I went there a couple of times. They had lived in Florida, for many years before the last few in Arizona. They lived in Moon Valley where a golf course was just beyond their back yard. Anyway, I saw a few beautiful succulents and desert flowers but you captured some gorgeous ones! 🙂

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  4. Nancy

    Tomorrow I return and I will get to see the Spring Awakening in the desert. I can’t wait.
    That first photo is my favorite! Thank you for sharing, Kirt!

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    1. Kirt D Tisdale Post author

      The one time of year we have a splash of color !! I hit it just right on Monday….we had heavy winds blow through yesterday…list some of the punch of color! Thanks for stopping by.

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