In the mile high Central Arizona Highlands near Prescott, I’ve been watching the Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila) trees outside my windows first flower, then quickly grow their seeds.
Their flowers are so small and non-showy that they break bud, blossom, and go to seed without most people ever noticing. But while the surrounding countryside is still brown from winter, the elms, along with the willows, are usually the first deciduous trees to break bud and welcome springtime.
And, of course, the trademark Arizona clear blue skies make for a great backdrop.
Photo location: Chino Valley, Yavapai County, Arizona.