Monday, July 25, 2011

Blooming in the Summer













A cute baby Verdin!



This flowering plant, called Red Bird of Paradise or Mexican Bird of Paradise (Caesalpinia pulcherrima), is commonly used in desert landscaping because it is drought tolerant and attracts hummingbirds and butterflies.  I think the red and orange flowers and ferny foliage look especially nice against blue sky.  Have a wonderful week!

38 comments:

angryparsnip said...

I am so envious of your ability to take such wonderful close-ups of birds.
Love the photo of what is becoming one of my most favorite birds the Verdin.

cheers, parsnip

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Gorgeous, Diane. I love seeing the flowers of summer against the blue skies also... AND--the butterflies and critters love those flowers also.
Hugs,
Betsy

Denise said...

Lovely photos and you've taught me the name of a flower that I had taken a few years ago but had never discovered the name of. Thanks Diane.

Naqvee said...

do u know your talent made me see the nature with a difference.. I love your blog since your imagination speaks a ton.

LOVE.

rainfield61 said...

We have something like this, we called them Flames of the Forest.

Joy said...

Gorgeous red and golds! I love how good you are at taking photoes of birds!

desertsandbeyond said...

I just did a post on this myself, but I didn't catch a hummingbird or butterfly~~~how gorgeous! Yes, it is a beautiful bush!

Julie said...

ohh la la...my fav color is orange...and light blue is so lovely behind these!!! nice photos!!!

shirley said...

We have a tree with similar flowers called a Poincianna here. I just love seeing the birds and butterflies feeding on the nectar. You take amazing photos.

Magpie said...

These are a gorgeous flower, but I don't care for their aroma. Love all the shots, but the hummer really makes me smile.

Pete said...

great photos in this post

cieldequimper said...

I am always amazed at how pretty nature is even in difficult, hot, dry places!

Allison said...

What gorgeous flora you have! Desert colors!!

Pedro D. H. said...

hummingbird is amazing! great shots here, many colors on the desert!

Rohrerbot said...

Great shots. I love this time of year...not for the heat but for the really incredible butterfly and bird moments all around us. Plus the plants and monsoon light up our landscape. Your pics are wonderful:)

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

GORGEOUS shots, diane!

SO beautifully captured!

your photos reflect such a sweetness to me...if that makes sense.
hugs
betty xx

Barb said...

It looks like that Bird of Paradise is attracting visitors. That leaf is so lacy against the sky.

tracy said...

lovely photos as always!

Thérèse said...

Beautiful pics... butterflies and all. The little verdin is one of my favorite birds too. Their nest is so delicate.

betchai said...

such beauty and wildlife in your area, it seems you live in a well of beautiful surprises, love your pictures always Diane.

EG Wow said...

I think it's incredible that there are plants that can survive heat and drought. Isn't nature amazing?

Icy BC said...

You have so many incredible capture of the birds and butterflies on such beautiful flowers!

Amin said...

Wonderful post!

Martha Z said...

A lovely flower, it's nice that something can be so pretty and drought tolerant as well.
We just returned from the mountains, they were bursting with blooms. Now I'll try to identify them all, not easy as many look alike.

LauraX said...

beautiful♥

Lindy MacDuff said...

I just love the colors of the Mexican Bird of Paradise. Particularly wonderful capture of the hummingbird!

Lrong said...

Wow, very nice shots... the flowers and the birds....

Cassy said...

I love that orange and red flower. The bird also love it.

Cassy from Download Guitar Lessons

Amin said...

Have a wonderful Sunday!

ladydazy said...

You capture the desert so beautifully!!

Louisette said...

Georgous, all seasons are wonderfull, no?
Best regard from belgium

WebbieLady said...

Great shots and the birds, what a beauty... and it feeds butterflies too? Such a wonder of nature in a dry dessert.

WebbieLady said...

I actually thought seeing the flower at first that this was a fire-tree's flower though i am not sure if fire trees can grow in deserts...

Amin said...

Have a wonderful Sunday!

Amin said...

I love Your photos!

Amin said...

Nice collection!

Janie said...

The bird of paradise is beautiful. Love the hummers and butterflies, too.

siga said...

This is so lovely!