Queen Butterfly ()
Desert Milkweed ()
The Black-tailed Gnatcatcher (Polioptila melanura, family Polioptilidae) is a fairly common bird of the Sonoran and Colorado desert regions of the southwestern United States through central Mexico.
Males have the distinctive black cap while females have a plain blue-grey head.
Smoke Trees are fascinating in that their germination requires the seed to be wet and scarred. For this reason, they are found almost entirely in desert washes. During heavy rains when the washes flood, the seeds are tumbled across the sands, tearing at their protective outer coat and allowing the moisture to get in.
In bloom they have a shocking array of large, bluish-violet flowers.