I’ve done some hiking while traveling through the Chihuahuan Desert of the southwest. Among my favorite sights are the rocks and mountains. However, along the trails are many interesting plants.
I’ve been taking photos, and then trying to identify them. Most of the parks I’ve camped at have paths with some of the plants tagged. Here are a few that have received names.
These pictures were taken during the winter months. I’ve been told the plants can look very different at other times. Especially in the spring when the desert blooms. Some may be familiar, but others not so much.
As an artist, I’ve always been more interested in the shapes, textures and colors than with naming it. But, now I’m trying to learn about the plants. Food, medicine and tools are just some of the uses for them.
The strolls along desert trails is something I really enjoy. I’ll continue to photograph the local flora in the quest to familiarize myself with desert plants.
Scene: Desert trails