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Ocotillo in Phoenix

Horse Whips or Ocotillo north of Phoenix. Ocotillo is a desert shrub which is common to teh sides of mountains and hills. When they flower they always flower without leaves. The leaves appear always after there has been rain. So you can tell where it has rained by the Ocotillo, just look for the Ocotillo with leaves and there you know there has been rain recently. When the Ocotillo leaves are on the shrub they look like green long wool stockings that Ballet dancers wear as leg warmers, sort of hairy and tubular. This shot is in the early morning, as you can tell by the long shadows The downtown of Phoenix is in the background. The Estrella Mountains are in the background beyond Phoenix. Alta Mountain is at the left end of the Mountains, but is part of South Mountain Park

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  • Uploaded on March 17, 2012
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    by Henry Harding