Spring brings new life to the Sonoran Desert. The cacti bloom, bees, moths and bats get feed, while they pollinate the beautiful flowers. Bees create delicious honey for us to eat. The blooms ripen into sweet, juicy fruit to feed the desert quail, doves, woodpeckers, kangaroo rats, pack rats, peccaries/javalinas, deer, tortoises, insects and more. They feast on the fruit, seeds and stems. Nothing goes to waste in nature. Everything contributes to the Circle of Life (queue up the soundtrack to the Lion King). Prickly pear fruit is harvested by humans and turned into delicious, jellies, jams, candy, syrup and more.
It all starts with this! The flower, discovered in Saguaro National Park, is every bit as beautiful as a rose. The colors are just as brilliant too. This spring has been such a delightful treat. Thank you Mother Nature for being kind to our desert this year.