Spring Flowers

Spring comes *fast* in the desert. One day everything is dusted with snow; the next there are flowers. This one popped up in our front yard:

No idea what it is. Previously it was just the spiky green leaves at the bottom.

Right beside it is what I think is a prickly pear cactus; you can see the old plant in dull green, new-this-year parts in bright green, and potential flowers starting around the edges. Apparently people eat these…..

And this is (from what I’ve been told) Indian Paintbrush. It’s all over the desert right now. Not sure why, but red flowers always come out first; yellow and purple ones come later.