The rain and approaching spring - the desert is going to get colorful
As I walked the desert this morning, I found signs that the desert is going to respond to the moisture with a lot of color. The beavertail cactus is full of buds, the ocotillos are leafing out, and a bunch of other smaller plants are showing buds.
Unfortunately, my trek back home starts tomorrow so I won't be here when they flower.
Excellent example of a nurse tree
Saguaros often start in the shadow of a bigger plant which protects it from the harsh sun in its early years. But, as they grow, they soak up water and eventually kill the nurse plant. Today, I saw a great example - 4 tall saguaros surrounding an obviously failing Palo Verde.
This has been one of my favorite camp sites!
RvSue, Bill and Anne were very friendly - I hope to see them again
Bill and Anne stopped by daily as they passed on their way to do Refuge business - I think today was checking rain gauges. They check water tanks within the refuge, give tours, and provide information and assistance to visitors. Their energy amazes me! I'm so glad that Anne recognized me in that Yuma laundromat and talked to me!
Sue dropped by on her way out today - she had contact information for a friend who had a thundershirt for a cat that she thought FW might like. For a loner, Sue is awfully thoughtful and considerate of others. I enjoyed meeting her and the crew.