The desert blooms profusely this Spring. Foothills Palo Verde are screaming yellow and Ironwood trees delectable violet. This feels once-in-a-lifetime..these trees are onto (into?) something…and I want in on it. Time for field notes.
8 AM in search of the Ironwood and heading west into the Tucson Mountains. They begin to appear along the foothill washes on the eastern slope. I climb Gates Pass and down-no Ironwood-but many Palo Verde. A quick pull-out sketch is in order.
Back over the Pass.
The morning light really brings out dramatic contrasts and “warm” hues.
Heading back I hang right on Camino de Oeste where it dead-ends at the Yetman trail-head. Good spot for the Ironwood.
Grab your pastels/watercolors/colored pencils and hit the foothills 8-11 AM and 5-7 PM. You won’t be disappointed.
Thanks to all the yellow and purple lovers who won’t stop talking about this years’ bloom!