Thursday, May 3, 2012

Palo Verdes - Random Hearts

Hi there!  Here are some blooming Palo Verdes, the green-barked trees that flower profusely this time of year, lining roads and coloring hillsides with cheerful yellow:



Blue Palo Verde




The white banner petal on this flower caught my eye with its subtle upside down heart-shape:

Foothills Palo Verde




In a carpet of fallen blossoms under a tree, I noticed an ant hill with a small heart-shaped hole, and just as I moved in to get a closer look, a red ant appeared carrying a tiny heart!

Ant carrying a heart

See more hearts (or share your own) at Clytie's Random Hearts

29 comments:

Darla said...

Delightful collection of blooming Palo Verde, Diane. These blooms, lasting weeks, have been such a treat--a wonderful surprise during my first spring in AZ. And, wow, that is an amazing capture of the ant with the heart in the heart anthill surrounded by the fallen blossoms...just...wow...

Tina´s PicStory said...

this heart is sooo awesome! :)

Jeannelle said...

I enjoy your photos!

Clytie said...

What wonderful hearts - I love the ant carrying the tiny little heart out of it's heart home - surrounded by the gorgeous yellow blossoms!

What really made me smile was that this is the second ant home heart I've seen today! Check out TexWisGirl's link today!!! :=}

Rohrerbot said...

I was driving through town yesterday just enjoying the yellow blooms. Absolutely gorgeous right now down our streets. Yellow is a popular color here in Tucson....especially with the prickly pear blooming:)

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Oh the gorgeous yellows of spring, Diane. Love your Palo Verdes... The color reminds me of the Aspens in Colorado in Fall.

Great hearts also.
Hugs,
Betsy

Clik said...

I like this flowers Palos Verdes!
Beautiful Diane!
Have a beautiful weekend my Friend!
Greatings from Brazil.

Magpie said...

The palo verdes are beautiful this time of year...yellow snow. I love the hearts!! What a lucky catch with the ant carrying around a heart...to bring to his queen perhaps. :)

angryparsnip said...

The trees are just so full of blooms the most I have ever seen in the last few years.
Considering we didn't get all the winter rains we should have the last two years I am amazed.

cheers, parsnip

Teresa said...

I can never get enough time gazing on the palo verdes this time of year...and those hearts, oh my, they are all over in the desert aren't they? Amazing that you caught that little ant, he's probably delivering that big heart to his sweetie.

Carole DeAngeli said...

Haven't the palo verdes been spectacular this year?! I can't seem to take enough photos of them. Love the ant hole surrounded by fallen flowers!

Loree said...

Wonderful - and such vibrant colours. I will never think of desserts as desolate places again.

Icy BC said...

Wow..great eyes in catching those heart shapes! What beautiful yellow flowers!

Laura said...

I guess the ants are full of heart this week!!! Gorgeous photos Diane!

lifeisaroadtrip said...

You found a lot of love out there, Diane! And lots of what I call yellow snow (the good kind.)

Spare Parts and Pics said...

Well, I think I may have to move to AZ... this is just too beautiful!

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Spectacular pics & Amazing discoveries !

Stephanie said...

Wow that's a wonderful road to drive on! Those yellow flowers are amazing. Yes very cheerful and make the place look so golden.

Lindy MacDuff said...

Oh my goodness, I had almost forgotten how gorgeous it is when the palo verde are in bloom. Your first image, in particular, is very striking when enlarged. Makes one feel like they are right there.

Pete said...

I love the way you show us the beauty of the desert

Thérèse said...

The close up on the Palo Verde is really something!

Beth Niquette said...

Oh, my goodness! An ant carrying a heart. LOL I have NO idea how you were able to spot that one.

I have to tell you, the closeup on that amazing blossom just fills my eyes. Exquisite.

Happy Guest Heart Thursday!

rainfield61 said...

There are flowers every where.

Beautiful.

Annie said...

That final picture is really remarkable.

Betty Manousos said...

great find!

those flower shots are absolutely stunning!

hope you're having a great weekend, dear diane!

xx

siga said...

Diane, after such photos I almost want to move there! Just beautiful...

betchai said...

so very beautiful, you inspire me to hunt for palo verdes tomorrow.

Janie said...

So much yellow color in the desert is surprising and beautiful.

Brianne said...

I love desert plants and flowers! This ant you found holding a teeny tiny heart is priceless.