All of a sudden, the foothills have sprung into bloom. There were some of the usual suspects heading into August: verbena, purple nightshade, and datura, but it was  pretty muted. Snakeweed, which usually starts blooming in mid- to late-July, was just barely limping along. And then – everything opened up all at once.

Desert Marigolds and Purple (Silver Leaf) Nightshade

Desert Marigolds, Bigelow’s Asters, and Purple (Silver Leaf) Nightshade

Clammy Weed