Yellow and Green

While many trees haven't seemed to recover from the deep freeze last month, and native grasses and wildflowers did not make an appearance yet, this rangy shrub stands out because of its springlike coloring.

A member of the Mormon-tea family, Ephedraceae, this plant has long green stems with tiny brown cones and yellow flowers.

Small birds such as this verdin are attracted to it,

and deer nibble on it.

Spring seems to be coming later than usual to this corner of the desert, but it is coming, and it's exciting to see new signs each day.

No matter how long the winter, spring is sure to follow.  ~Guinean Proverb
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