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Spring

I’m participating in the Tuesday Photo Challenge this week. When I saw the prompt yesterday, I knew that several of the plants I’ve been seeing on my morning dog walks would be perfect.

For me, spring is all about buds and blossoms.

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Ocotillo with buds.

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Prickly pear with buds. We should have blossoms next week.

Did you know that pomegranates bloom? My neighbors have had this tree for years, but I never noticed the blossoms before. (You have to have flowers before you make fruit. Duh.)

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The circle of life: blossom juxtaposed with last year’s rotting fruit.

Aloes have the ugliest blossoms ever. But hummingbirds think they’re delightful.

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Have you ever seen desert dandelions? They spring up whenever we have a few drops of rain.

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They don’t stay pretty long, though; within days they’re seedy and three feet tall, like these in my back yard.

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And they’re very tenacious. They have evolved to fight back if anyone tries to weed them out. Check out the thorny leaves. Ouch!

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About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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    • The hummingbirds like them for their nectar. The birds’ long beaks are perfect for reaching the depths of the trumpet-shaped blooms.

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