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Rather than blather on about my Easter Sunday, I’ll just share a few images from a morning hike in Tucson’s Rincon mountains. Winter rains have given way to wildflowers, and in particular the Encelia brittlebush was spectacular.

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Prickly pear:

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A hoverfly guards his territory:

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Pheidole worker ant gathering nectar from a barrel cactus:

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Honeypot ants emerging from their nest:

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Close-up of Aphaenogaster cockerelli, a common harvester ant:

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