Early morning on the UA campus, June 2009
I do love these fragile, flamboyant flowers, though I have to get up uncomfortably early to see them. Yesterday's expedition was a good one; six flowers on the big plant on the chaplaincy corner and a couple in the grove in the shade of Centennial Hall. It was cloudier than usual, which gave me softer light to work with but rather took away the point of being up that early in the summer -- it was no hotter at lunchtime than it was at 7am, really.
Prickly pear, at the far end of the flowering season. The campus is emptying out, and there won't be much flowering for a while; the saguaros don't seem very enthusiastic about it this year.
(Oh, and it turns out last week's flower was desert willow after all; it comes in both light and dark purple colorways, while ironwood is a different tree with light purple flowers.)
That shocking-pink beavertail on the corner.
(My other beavertail, the one near the grocery store, seems to have disappeared sometime during the year. Also, I should have taken my camera when I went out to buy a lamp today; there was a magnificent yellow-and-red prickly pear in the parking lot there.)
It's been a great week for flowers on campus. The orchid trees are getting into the swing of things, and there are cascades of scarlet tassels on the bottle-brush trees and lots of sweet shy blossom lurking among the orange-tree leaves, aloes and mexican sunflowers and creamy towers of yucca blossom and the first hot-pink flowers opening on the beavertail cactus.