Marion and I were out on the trail again today. It’s really nice not to have to be in the saddle by eight o’clock in order to beat the heat. We didn’t get back until nearly noon.
I didn’t take many pictures this time, but did stop to shoot this palo verde. I don’t know whether you would call it a large bush or a small tree, but it is lovely, and would grace any xeriscape. There — I used a buzzword for low-maintenance, low-water landscaping.
It’s beautifully green — palo verde means green wood or green stick — and the feathery leaves add to the appeal.
The orange-and-yellow flowers are striking against the blue sky.
It takes a close look to make it out, but the branches are actually green. Unlike most plants, the palo verde’s bark is capable of photosynthesis; so if it drops its leaves due to heat stress, it can still survive. There are only a few blossoms on this one, but it can be covered with flowers. It’s quite thorny, so the horses ignore it.
We had a leisurely ride, enjoyed it a lot, and the weather was great. What more can you ask?