Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Of critters and cacti
Hello stranger. Cute, isn't he. Above is Clark's spiny lizard, the male of the species, recognized by the blue throat. He was busy doing push-ups on the wall. When I asked the Park Ranger about him, I was told he does that to show off for the females. Must be a universal 'guy thing'.
We saw lots of Prickly Pear cactus and even had salad dressing with prickly pear reduction. Some plants were in bloom:
We also saw soap plant yucca in bloom, really quite impressive.
And these folks love seeing cottonwood trees, which I personally detest. Seems these trees only grow where water is present and use lots of it. Seems to me you would find the water and get rid of the water hog in the desert, but what do I know.
We also saw desert agave, below with its tall spike. No, this is not the same plant that we get agave nectar from. For those of you wondering what agave nectar is - well, you are probably not. The blooms were quite spectacular.