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.



Ocotillo with buds.


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.)




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

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


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


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


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


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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  1. Pingback: Tuesday Photo Challenge – Round Up 49 – Dutch goes the Photo!

    • 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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