Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Smoke Trees

One of the most beautiful sights in the desert is the ironwood or smoke tree. Their delicate purple blooms are absolutely stunning. They are called smoke trees because when they are in bloom they look like wisps of smoke on the hillside. The wood is so dense that it resists cutting by anything except the sharpest and most durable materials. Its hard wood has become the tree's worst enemy. It has been relentless cut down for its small amount of wood. The wood is so dense, I have been told it will not float. We had to drive around for quite a while to find some trees to photograph. Click on the image to get the full effect.

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