Friday, March 03, 2006

Yellow

Today feels yellow, and I don't mean that in any kind of cowardly way, but rather in a happy, sprinttime way (in part to celebrate yesterday's call of acceptance into the University of Arizona MFA in Creative Writing program, for creative non-fiction), and also, then, in this way:


Desert dandelion in my neighbor's yard. From this perspective, why pick such a 'weed?' Flower is about 3/4 inch in diameter.
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Lantana camara, a bush-sized lantana that I've learned, since removing it from our backyard, is more than a wee bit invasive. Each flower is perhaps 1/5 inch across.
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Even in our driest years (and the last four months has officially been the driest such stretch since record-taking began in Tucson in 1895), brittlebush seems to bloom well. Its leaves are silvery green: a real desert beauty with these sunflower-like blossoms.
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How could any bumblebee resist this? Okay, it's a purple flower, but the pollen-laden stigma is at least yellow.
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Closeup of flower from Mexican sunflower tree.
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Wide bloom from the Mexican sunflower tree, which grows at least ten feet high and just as broad. Flowers are about two to three inches in diameter, and goldfinches love them once they go to seed.
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Three or four of these dainty daffodils (?), definitely not native, bloom along a neighbor's wall.
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Side view of the same daffodil. The flower is less than an inch long.
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Yellow lantana, a common desert plant in medians and yards, yet not a native nor even near-native to the Sonoran desert. This one is from our front yard.
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Mexican bird-of-paradise buds just about ready to open in our side yard.
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I'm not sure what this is but see it planted quite a bit; it's not native, though. Long stems with sharp silver-green leaves arc from a central base, topped in these yellow-green flowers. Quite tropical.
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Desert marigold, which grows wild especially in disturbed areas such as roadsides. Flower is about an inch in diameter.
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One of the 517 or so bees I saw on my morning walk, investigating the unknown yellow-green flowers of a neighbor's yard.
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Alas, tomorrow I'll feel blue, and not necessarily because it's the launch of the next issue of Terrain.org: A Journal of the Built & Natural Environments that, appropriately enough, has the theme of "Garden Gate." Oh, I think you get my drift by now.

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