palo verde tree in springtime
all photos by Rosa Phoenix
Spring has come to the Sonoran Desert. The palo verde is Arizona's state tree.
The palo verde is a native tree of our desert, with a delicate and feathery appearance. It is completely green, with green trunk and branches and tiny leaves.
In springtime, it covers itself with tiny, golden yellow blossoms.
I spent almost my entire childhood in Arizona. I've seen many palo verde trees. Yet I feel that I am seeing them in bloom for the very first time.
Why have I never noticed this before?
To see the street lined with many of these delicate desert trees,
adorned with golden flowers, is a special vision.
I was sad to miss the cherry and plum blossoms of San Francisco this year.
Imagine my delight to see the palo verde trees of a desert spring.
Sometimes, you have to go away for awhile, and return again,
to see with new eyes, what you weren't able to see before.