Emerging life at Dow Spring


I’m incredibly fortunate to live within a mile of the Sycamore Canyon Rim Trail near Dow Spring. This time of year, plants and animals are waking up to the warm weather at the Spring- I love watching life emerge after winter! The following photos were taken on a hike down the trail two weeks ago in the blustery, snowy northern AZ spring weather. I intended to illustrate magnificent pieces in the field, but couldn’t get past unsatisfying sketches. Luckily my tablet has no artistic blockages, so I still managed to capture images worth sharing!

Baby Thalictrum fendleri (probably fendleri). So adorable!

Baby Thalictrum fendleri (probably fendleri). So adorable!

 

Currants (Ribes sp.) leafing out beautifully.

Currants (Ribes sp.) leafing out beautifully.

 

Pineapple fish? I believe these are Nuphar polysepala rhizomes whose leaf scars looks like bright, eerie scales of some strange aquatic creature.

Pineapple fish? I believe these are Nuphar polysepala rhizomes whose leaf scars looks like bright, eerie scales of some strange aquatic creature.

 

Precariously perched on two rocks in an attempt to use my shadow to take clearer pictures.

Precariously perched on two rocks in an attempt to use my shadow to take clearer pictures. No electronics were harmed in the making of this post.

 

Here is a photo by Max Licher, Sedona architect & Carex expert extraordinaire, of what I think these plants are. I've seen these flowering along the spring last summer, but haven't glimpsed such incredible rhizomes before. Most likely too focused on leaves and blooms to look below the surface!

Here is a photo by Max Licher, Sedona architect & Carex expert extraordinaire, of what I think these plants are. I’ve seen these flowering along the spring last summer, but haven’t glimpsed such incredible rhizomes before. Most likely too focused on leaves and blooms to look below the surface!

 

Lichens!!! Make me so happy. They're great teachers of patience, something I need lots of help with.

Lichens!!! Make me so happy. They’re great teachers of patience, something I need lots of help with.

 

These are probably Iris missouriensis. Irises seem so noble.

These are probably Iris missouriensis. Irises seem so noble.


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