Friday, May 11, 2018

Peoria West Wing Mountain in Palo Verde Season

I hit this hike on the perfect day for palo verde.  Big yellow puffballs dotted the subdivisions below.  So very pretty.  This was April 15, 2018

Here's a close-up:

A lot of the creosote was also in bloom (creosote blooms more according to rain than season):

A few of the staghorn or buckhorn cholla were putting on a show:

And then there were the chuckwallas.  I saw three on that hike, literally doubling my lifetime sightings.  The first picture is a tiny one:

And here is a bigger one hiding in a crevice (as they're wont to do):  

And this lovely hummingbird.  What a great day.

To access Peoria West Wing Mountain Preserve, park at Westwing Park (27100 Westwing Pkwy, Peoria, AZ  85383) and then walk across Westwing Parkway and follow the trail markers.  

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