I was in the Anza Borrego Desert this past weekend with Sam and his Boy Scout troop. A detailed post on the fun that was had by all is soon to follow. This post is a collection of flower photos I took. Lots of plants were blooming, from large lupine to tiny little I don’t know whats tucked under rocks or dug into the sand. We have had a few nice storms, though not enough to break the drought, so there was some green out there, more than we have seen in the past. As always, the persistence of life under such adverse conditions is amazing.
Cactus just starting to bloom.
In about a week this will look like a very prickly bouquet.
A small cluster of yellow flowers poking up out of the sand.
This looked like wild parsley. Tony liked the delicate composite flowers.
Lovely lupine was all over in the desert washes.
Close up of lupine.
The ocotillo was just starting to bloom. In the winter these look like bunches of dead sticks. In spring they get small green leaves along the length of the branches, and then bright red flowers bloom from the tips.
Really pretty pink trumpety flowers blooming in amongst the boulders.
Tiny purple flower hiding under a big rock.
These flowers are all blooming from a big round plant. They look like a field of daisies.
I am christening this the desert dandelion. If I was more motivated, I would try to identify these plants. For now, I am just enjoying them…