The Monsoon season in Arizona is a blessing after the almost painful dryness of the winter, when everybody and everything was desperately in need of a little water. In Southern Arizona and the Sonoran Desert, there was a little rain in June this year and that made some greens come out, but it didn’t last.
The real rain and thunderstorms started in mid July with the Monsoon season and that brought everything to life 🙂 It’s amazing how beautiful the nature is in the desert after the rain – it becomes a verdant place.
Buds and cactus flowers started to bloom in a gorgeous beauty, and it feels like springtime…
Prickly pear cacti with their pink buds look almost like beads decorating the otherwise arid Arizona desert landscape – I took these photos this morning: August 1st 🙂
The Monsoon season in Arizona also brings to life the funky looking Barrel cacti 🙂
On top they are decorated with those yellow buds that after the rain start to bloom into orange bright but very sharp flowers.
I love to see theses unusual Ocotillo plants (Fouquieria splendens) which are leafless the rest of the year. The Monsoon season in Arizona brings them to life too, and they get covered by fresh bright small green leaves.
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Word of the day: Verdant