As I said, we have had some rain, and there are patches of green grass on the way there. This small swathe of green lies in front of a creosote bush (Larrea tridentata).
For the rest, it is its usual self, with dainty, rounded leaves and green bark.
While out, I was also able to take some pictures of the beautifully striped branches of the so-called Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata); those pictures are up at the Journal of a Thousand Things.
Here is a last close-up of the somewhat yellowed leaves of the Palo Verde trees, lightly folded.