Flowers on the Rabbit Trail; Mesa, Arizona, March 10, 2015  GPS Map 

Near my home in east Mesa there’s a big power line with a walking path under it. The rabbit trail makes a nice 4-mile walk from my house to Higley Road and back. I’ve been there many times over the past 23 years. Plenty of rabbits.

Do cameras keep foxes away? Sure seems so. One time I saw a fox on the rabbit trail but didn’t have a camera. So now I carry a camera every time I walk there. Today, fox or no, I figured I’d better shoot those spring flowers before our weather turns hot and dries them all up.

Lots of people were out walking, some with dogs. The fox? Well, maybe next time.


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Pitted sidewalk, or raised bumps?
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Larrea tridentata - Creosote Bush
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Elytraria imbricata - Purple Scaly Stem
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Encelia farinosa - Brittlebush
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Why do I love the east valley, but not the west valley?
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Chollas are for the birds, if you ask me.
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Silene acaulis - Moss Campion
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Aloe and organ pipe cactus.
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The chain fruit chollas grow big around here.
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Amaranthus palmeri - Palmer’s Amaranth
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Medley of Easter colors!
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Nerium oleander - Oleander
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Euphorbia Rigida - Gopher Plant
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Cleome isomeris - Bladderpod
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Oncosiphon piluliferum - Globe Chamomile
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Aloe and prickly pear.
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Fabaceae Leguminosae - Unknown Pea
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Methinks you’d better keep away from the cactus, too.
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Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia - Orange Fiddleneck
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Heliomeris longifolia - Longleaf False Goldeneye
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Acacia constricta - White Thorn Acacia
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Elytraria imbricata - Purple Scaly Stem
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Dimorphotheca sinuata - Glandular Cape Marigold
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Lesquerella gordoni - Bladderpod Mustard

Arizona Hike Pictures updated September 23, 2017