Poor Neal, he can’t breathe, his eyes are crusty and dripping. Where ever he goes he carries a supply of eye drops, Nasal Crom and Saline…but the desert is in all its GLORY.
We have spent several winters camping south of Tucson in the months of February & March where the elevation is higher and the temperatures are cooler than in the Phoenix Valley. On two occasions in April, after our stay south, we traveled north to Cave Creek to camp. We had a mini taste of the desert in bloom on those visits but this year we camped in the area for much of the month of March. Neal’s had a whole months worth of sneezing, wheezing and blurry eyed vision while I roam the country side snapping photos of the beautiful blossoms (feeling guilty for my enjoyment of course).
I’ve been cluelessly snapping photos oblivious to the identity of the majority of these beautiful plants. Naturally the Cactus field guide purchased on our first visit to Arizona (years ago) is home. I used a combination of pamphlets received from parks we’ve camped in and http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/FieldGuide/fieldguide.htm. Hopefully I got it right! Any corrections…please let me know.