Instead of the usual babbling brook sounds, we heard birds chirping and cicadas buzzing.
This Hooker's Evening Primrose along the creek caught my eye. As the petals age, they change color from yellow to peach.
But, water was seeping through the dam from the underground stream.
I wondered what kind of plant this was growing in the shade. Some kind of loco melon or a gourd perhaps?
The skeletal remains of a saguaro cactus stood beside the dry creek. It almost looked like a Wild West scene. Perhaps if a buzzard had perched on it...Although we could hear lots of birds, we didn't see many. Chris did manage to get this close-up of a roadrunner. If you click to enlarge the photo, you can see the bird's eyelashes.
*Sabino Creek is a perennial canyon stream that can be observed flowing above ground most of the year. But during foresummer, water levels drop to below the surface in some areas. Monsoon rains in July and August will replenish the stream briefly. Then, the creek recedes again during September and October until refilled with fall and winter rainwater.