While it might last for a ridiculously short time, spring in the desert is amazing! Especially after a wet – by desert standards – winter. The changing of seasons in the desert are much, much more subtle than other parts of the continent, but they do exist and when you know what to look for, they are just as soul-filling as they are everywhere.
Flowers in the Desert
I’ve lived here in the Sonoran Desert for just over six wonderful years now and spring lifts my heart here as much as it did in Illinois. When I lived in the Midwest, my favorite pastime was growing flowers and I could never have enough. When I moved to the desert, I thought maybe I’d give up my flowers because they don’t grow here right? Well, what I found instead is that they are here in all their beauty – but very very differently. They grow in the the worst soil on plants that are covered in sharp things drenched in incessant sunshine with little to no moisture. But when they bloom, they stand out like a shining star in the night sky!
Whether you are in Arizona all year round, for a day, a week, a month or few, Arizona Highways Magazine is worth checking out. They have amazing photographs from all over the state, tell you the best places to explore, hike, eat, and stay and include interesting history while doing it all. It shows up in my mailbox every month and I read it cover to cover!