Ocotillo turning orange
Many desert plants are opportunistic, and that includes ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), which you’ve seen here in several recent posts. When there’s rain, which isn’t often, ocotillo quickly puts out leaves along its slender (but thorny) branches to do some fast photosynthesizing. Once the leaves’ work is done, they soon dry out in the way you see them orangefully* doing here in Big Bend National Park on November 23, 2015.
* I may be able to lay claim to this adverb. When I searched for orangefully on Google I got asked if I meant orangebelly, orange funny, orangeville, or orange lily. No, I didn’t mean any of those things; I meant orangefully, for which I got no hits. I did, however, separately get some hits for orangeful.
© 2016 Steven Schwartzman