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April 27, 2012

 

Thunderbird Park (TBird) – Jacklyn Anderson reporting

 

The trails seemed dry and dusty as I walked up the H-2 trail this morning. Other than the yellow blossoms on the creosote, and few orange blooms peeking out of a drying globemallow, there is not much color on the mountain. However, up on the top on the flat part of the trail, I discovered some little-leaf palo verde trees just beginning to put out blossoms. They glow a pale yellow in the morning light. Little leaf palo verde trees, a.k.a. fooothills palo verde trees, have blossoms with four yellow petals and one white banner petal which give them a pale appearance compared to the five yellow petals on the blue palo verde blossoms. The bees were having a party on a blooming saguaro also on the flat part of the H-2 trail just before you climb to the peak. This is a sure sign that summer is here and the search for spring blossoms is over for this year.

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Taken on April 25, 2012