Super Duper, Engelmann Prickly Pear, Superstition Mountains
28×22 oil on canvas
True Blue Arizona Series – Arizona Highways Magazine
It’s often said that March comes in like a lion and out like a lamb. In Arizona, I’m not so sure.
If we’ve had a rainy winter, March approaches like a soft jackrabbit. The air warms, the desert floor is green, and tourists get a bit sunburnt. As the month winds into April, the grasses turn gold and crunch underfoot, the prickly pears buds burst open, and it can seem pretty hot if you’re not acclimated. Yes, March goes out more like a rattlesnake. Which is what you have to be careful of when flower hunting in the Superstition Mountains. I get fixated on the hunt and forget to watch my feet. But there was no snake incident on this day. Just clean spring air and gold grasses and light. Just super.
Part of the True Blue Series