There’s a time of year in the Sonoran Desert when plant life is perfect. That time is now. We have a few hot days and a bit of rain, and the Ocotillo, which looks like a collection of thorns and sticks, breaks out in leaves and flowers.
Then there is a paddle cactus in the front yard that is covered with blooms. In the morning they are bright yellow.
In the afternoon, they deepen to orange.
It’s a wonderful time of year, it lasts about four weeks, and then hell comes to spend the summer. But right now, it’s gorgeous.
–Quinn McDonald is a naturalist, artist and creativity coach who lives in the Sonoran desert.