Spring blossoms had only just begun coming out when we were in Big Bend. We were there too early for the Dagger Yucca, although as we left at the end of our week, there were a few down in the desert that were beginning to push up spears. So we figured that we were too early for any spring color.
Yet as we looked closely at the ground beside our feet, we saw wild asters hidden beneath the blades of dry desert grasses.
And here and there we saw lavender blossoms of what looked like a verbena.
And there were other purple and yellow flowers that we couldn't identify,
and red berry-like proto-blossoms on the Evergreen Sumac that was everywhere.
And as the days passed, the red blossom-spikes began to appear at the end of the dry, stabby stalks of the Ocotillo.
So even though a casual look around you made it seem a bit like winter, when you looked more closely it was clear that spring was about to leap.
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