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Lovely desert flower, exhibiting yellow and lavender. There exists (not shown) another type of flower in this desert that exhibits the same colors, but not the same shape. I do not know if there is any biological significance to this fact.

In the Glenn-Swan area, west of old Fort Lowell, the native creosote bushes are the dominant species. They give the air its bracing freshness during moist weather. The layout of this parcel of land likely predates the jurisdiction of the City of Tucson in this area, as well as the majority of the development within half a mile in any direction, and thus is “historically authentic” (only a small portion, of course, of the large lot being shown here). Properties of that era tended to be very large per square foot of buildings on it.

A style of prickly pear cactus, along with cholla and creosote, being highlighted by the setting sun on one of the older properties west of old Fort Lowell. The creosote bush is known also for its little yellow flowers that turn into little balls covered with white fuzz.

The catalina Mountains, covered with the granite lumps typical of their geology, stand forth in hazy blue, as seen west of old Fort Lowell in a high density development that has been artfully disguised so as to resemble the historic buildings in the area, although the present density per acre is much higher than was typical in the area of the historic buildings, or even much later than then, for that matter. But the skilful architecture and landscaping avoids, in this area, the jarring sight of yesteryear's low-density rural development adjacent to today's high-density townhouse and apartment development.

Looking directly north at the majestic Catalina Mountains, and also the foothills below them which rise from the Rillito River northward, even as the foreground rises from the Rillito River south (toward the camera). The high density development to the left is actually older than that to the right. I do not know whether the continued rustic appearance of the street view, which was normal years ago for this area but which is not in accord with modern standards, can be attributed to a decision by the city to allow it, or to a lack of funding for street upgrades. The area had historically leaned strongly toward agricultural uses, remains of which are abundantly visible (not necessarily in this picture) in the properties of former horse or farming operations that are now defunct. As for the foothills beyond, they, which can be only minimally seen in this picture due to the distance, look different, being generally hillier, rockier, and drier; being the site in modern times of much development -- largely upscale homes on large properties; which, however, are luxury homes, not the kind of properties that were historically typical in the foreground.

Some stunning flowers in an unusually artistic high density development west of old Fort Lowell, whose style echoes that invented by the early settlers in the area.

The real thing, which, despite the lack of architectural codes at the time of its erection, became the pattern that inspired much of recent architecture in the Fort Lowell area. Seen here are ruins of old buildings that were either part of the old fort or of about the same era. Steel fencing has been erected more recently to protect them from vandals.

Some lovely mallows, seemingly having been planted without human guidance, appearing by the road west of old Fort Lowell.

More spectacular flowers that Mother Nature placed west of old Fort Lowell.

More spectacular flowers that Mother Nature placed west of old Fort Lowell.