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Ocotillo Obsession Series 01. Vibrant Blooms

In this first of my “Ocotillo Obsession” series,  I am featuring my progressive shots of the vibrant ocotillo blooms.
OCOTILLO Fouquieria splendens
Origin of “Ocotillo” — Aztec-derived “ocote” refers to a pine that was used to make torches. Therefore the name “ocotillo” refers to a “torch”!

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Imagine a spring day, in the desert . . . and its raining.
Soon enough if you are in Big Bend – aka Chihuahuan desert biosphere – you’ll notice the ocotillos flashing their red tip blooms! Do not hesitate to run after your cameras, because with all wild flora, the blooms are brief. Capture them while you can.

Annually ocotillos go dormant in between rainy periods, shedding their leaves and new leaves forming with the rains. Leaves are then surfacing several times a year, but blooms only occur in the spring and summer rains.

I have been lucky to recall three blooms in one year in Big Bend. I am a dramatic person, so I cannot help but personify my desert. Seeing the ocotillo branches as graceful limbs, so full of yearning and reverence for their sky. Tragic characters in a potential desert fable, land locked for eternity while their object of desire is in the stars or shining brightly in the glorious desert sun. Rain is a token for their dedication from their beloved, from their sky. Sure I am truly silly, but it makes my long bumpy drive down my desert mountain so much more entertaining.

How about a more biological view of spring in the desert?
“Water is life” and is especially striking time in the desert when the rains come. Every living thing so eager to absorb every drop possible, making efficient use for growth and procreation. Cacti plump to amazing proportions, toads burrow towards the surface, flocks of birds and swarms of winged insects respond to the call for pollination. Rain brings a flurry of activity. The more plentiful the rain, the lengthier the activity. Significant rain brings the long-awaited ocotillo blooms pollinated by hummingbirds, bees, and foraging birds.

I hope you enjoy my “Ocotillo Obsession!”

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I hope you enjoyed my progressive captures of our wild ocotillo. I started my “Ocotillo Obsession” series with its lovely blooms in an attempt to ignite your interest in my most favorite desert flora. There is so much more to know and learn about this unique species and I hope you join me on my series.

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  1. September 6, 2015    

    Beautiful plants. Nature is amazing and desert flowers are quite incredible. Thanks for sharing.
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    • September 6, 2015    

      So happy you are enjoying my desert love!

  2. September 6, 2015    
    • September 6, 2015    

      Thanks so much – you should check out the images I found on Instagram (02 of the series) – truly awesome captures out there.

  3. September 6, 2015    

    Great series. Amazing clicks!! 🙂
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    • September 6, 2015    

      Really? Thanks so much. Check out 02 of the series – I found some incredible captures on Instagram!

  4. Debbie Denny
    September 6, 2015    

    Those Ocotillos look awesome. I love learning about new things.

    • September 6, 2015    

      So glad you have the ocotillo love. That’s my attitude about new things – most days. This blogging business can be rather overwhelming, but I am trying to keep it on the up-and-up. Thanks for making my day.

  5. September 5, 2015    

    I wish I could witness the flurry of summer activity in person, but for now…I will just see them through your eyes, my friend
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    • September 6, 2015    

      I do wish you up and close and personal desert love one day. It changed my perspective that’s for sure. Glad to be a conduit in the meantime of desert views.

  6. September 5, 2015    

    Beautiful images! I live in Phoenix, and one of my favorite things in the desert are the ocotillos. I love how the rain brings them to their green glory!

    • September 5, 2015    

      “Green glory” – love that description. Completely agree. I am also a big fan of the Sonoran desert. I follow your Desert Botanical Garden. Never been, but eager to do one day!

  7. September 5, 2015    

    Gorgeous pics!

    • September 5, 2015    

      Thanks so much Amanda – when you’ve got an inspiring subject, it helps! 😉

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