Journal archives for December 2020

December 04, 2020

Paucity of observations

I haven't been posting many observations this fall. There's not much worth observing, at least not in the plant world. Most species of fall-flowering plants have taken the year off, having received so little rain. The drought has also cut down on the numbers of other organisms. The McDowell Sonoran Conservancy's fall butterfly count was substantially lower this year than last. But in pursuit of observations for this desert mistletoe quick-quest, I photographed some drought-stressed individuals, and even found a flower. I also documented something I've been witnessing out my window, as the desert cottontails are resorting to nibbling the bark of palo verde trees to get them through the drought.

Posted on December 04, 2020 11:24 PM by stevejones stevejones | 16 observations | 1 comment | Leave a comment