Today I had the pleasure of doing a nature walk in Sabino Canyon. There were five of us. We took the tram to the last stop (number 9), and then slowly walked down the road to the 7th stop, looking at plants, insects, birds, trees, shrubs, etc., on the way. It was absolutely delightful. After an hour and a half of exploring we took the return tram and had a pleasant lunch.
I found many of the “invisible” flowers I have been looking for and met a few I had not yet known. Here are some of the close up pictures of the flowers. Keep in mind that most of them are less than a quarter of an inch wide.
Fringed amaranth – Amaranthus fimbriatus
Ayenia – Ayenia filiformis
Bush spiderling – Commicarpus scandens
Pringle prairie clover – Dalea pringlei
Santa Cruz island tick clover – Desmodium psilocarpum
Female flowerHop bush – Dodonea viscosa
Hop bush – Dodonea viscosa
Chiricahua mountain sandmat – Euphoriba florida
Arizona blue eyes – Evolvulus alsinoides
Odora – Porophyllum gracile