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Seattle Spring 2021

(As a follow up to last weeks post Tombstone, Arizona in Sepia, I asked for feedback on which sepia print was favored to help me narrow down to one or two. Ironically 1, 3 &4 got identical likes. Thanks!)

My wife and I just got back from a couple of weeks in Seattle. Two of our daughters and their husbands live there and this trip was great as we were able to spend time with all of them. One of the things I enjoy doing when we are up there is walking their dogs as needed. On one of my walks I was blown away by all of the spring blooms. On this particular walk the area is well established and the trees and bushes are very mature and large. I wanted to share some of the blooms I came across.

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And to complete the captures, I had to share the following due to the shear size and look of this tree trunk…incredible.

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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.


 

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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

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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

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