Memories of a Wet Spring...

It's been very dry in northern Arizona this year.  Since January we've only recorded 1.84" of moisture here in Flagstaff (rain and melted snow) - we should normally receive over 6" by April 1st!  There have been few wildflowers in the lowlands, no significant snow storms, a few early wildfires, and the dust is already aloft in the seasonal winds that bluster every Spring.  It started me to reminisce about a few of the wet Winters and Springs we've had recently - so I pulled a couple photographs from the great Spring of 2005 to tide me over, and refresh my memory of what GREEN looks like in Arizona until the season turns again.  We'll probably have to wait until the monsoon to see much of a green-up, but we'll keep our fingers crossed.

One of my favorite poppy images.  Near Lake Pleasant after an incredible winter of rain and snow.

Everything in the desert was looking healthy in the Spring of 2005.

The poppies were everywhere, and blossoming for weeks around Lake Pleasant north of Phoenix.

These beautiful colors were found near Picacho Peak...

These beautiful colors were found near Picacho Peak...