Desert blooms 2009

Each year’s desert wildflower bloom is unique in its variety, profusion and timing.  Much depends on rainfall and temperature.  Anza-Borrego Desert recently had rain and with warming temperatures the blooms are popping.  A good blooming year here happens only a couple of times a decade.  A good example is found in the fields of Desert Sunflowers and Desert Sand-Verbena of Henderson Canyon near Borrego Springs.

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Desert Sunflower, Geraea canescens

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Along with Desert Sand-Verbena near Ocotillo Wells.

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Below is Desert Chicory in the Palm Canyon area where we camped.

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And the Barrel Cactus

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And the Fairy Duster (Calliandra eriophylla)…

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Last Friday we drove out to the Ocotillo Wells area where we photographed what some people consider the holy grail of the desert wildflowers, the Desert Lily…

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Hesperocallis undulata

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Read and/or listen to the March 5, 2009 NPR, All Things Considered story, ‘Good Blooming Year’ For California Wildflowers.

Comments

  1. says

    Isn’t it a wonderful surprise to see such beauty in such barren places? I was just out camping in Wickenburg this weekend and was able to enjoy all the wildflowers out there as well…