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North Mountain - PhoenixPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Apr 03 2013
black_toes
Hiking2.26 Miles 43 AEG
Hiking2.26 Miles   2 Hrs   9 Mns   1.37 mph
43 ft AEG      30 Mns Break10 LBS Pack
 
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There's hardly a creosote in the park that is not in full yellow bloom. Several days ago only a few were. The flowers quickly turn into "white puffballs" or capsules that I've read carry five seeds. Beside hedgehog, I saw buckhorn cholla and red-spined compass barrell sporting yellowish-orange and yellow blooms respectively. It's a sea of yellow out here right now, all that coupled with the brittlebush. Wildflowers are fading fast. The jillions of fiddleneck which found home under the creosote are fading away with only a colorful stand here and there. Ironwood (Why is it I always think "dogwood"?)has leafed, now easily distinguished in the distance from palo verde by their bluish-green cast. A covey of about 10 Gambel's quail crossed the trail near the Visitors Center but I heard many more gabbling in the bush. Many hikers, bikers and joggers out out on the trails today.
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Wildflowers Observation Isolated
Saw only one patch of flowering fiddleneck in the inner basin.
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