Saturday, March 25, 2017

Desert Safari

Just paid a pilgrimage to Anza Borrego state park  which extends to over 600,000 acres. It is framed by rugged mountains and includes the quaint small town of Borrego Springs which seems to be the epicenter for those searching out wildflowers.  



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. 
 
Desert marigold


Ocotillas and desert dandelion




desert chicory


Beaver-tail cactus

Cholla


Dune evening primrose

Desert Lily



Red barrel cactus

Sand verbena

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




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