Having driven through some quite bleak barren landscape for many miles, it seemed amazing to quite suddenly drive into an area lush with flowers. This year, the heavy winter rains followed by warm weather has resulted in the desert bursting into life with shrubs, annuals and cacti blooming everywhere. In the 10 years I have been coming here I have never seen spring flowers anything like this. Although I've seen a few of most species in the past I have never seen quite the sheets of color like this year. I have also never seen groves of flowering ocotilla as far as the eye can see. I have also have just seen desert lilies for the first time. This bulbous plant, although resembling a lily is more closely related to desert agaves.
|Ocotillas and desert dandelion|
|Dune evening primrose|
|Red barrel cactus|
|White lined sphinx moth caterpillar|
All around the town there are also many amazing metal sculptures by the artist Ricardo Breceda. there are over 130 huge works of art, many of which are creatures that roamed the desert millions of years ago