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Wintery Wonderland

We really enjoy exploring the big wash behind our property after a rain. We had a good soaking on Thursday so we decided to check it out yesterday morning. I had been wanting to go down anyway so I could photograph the Arizona Ash which are turning yellow right now but the Tamarisk…aka Salt Cedar…stopped me in my tracks. The foliage is especially gorgeous in the fall/winter when it turn shades of yellow and orange but the raindrops were a bonus! With the sun coming through them, the area looked like a winter wonderland with sparkling lights.

Unfortunately, Tamarisk is an invasive species. It loves water and grows and spreads very quickly thus choking out many of our native species like Cottonwoods. There are numerous in the wash but neighborhood property owners do their best to keep them under control.