Thursday, April 2, 2009

Flowers in the Desert

Last week I spent three days in the desert near San Diego and El Centro, California. Wildflowers bloomed profusely because of heavy rainfall during the fall and early winter months, and we gave our cameras good workouts. The hard part was deciding which pictures to prepare for the website and for emailing. I hope you enjoy these.

I took this first picture in Thing Valley:
a field of yellow all around.

Closeup of Ocotillo
One of many blooming Ocotillo bushes
We'd never seen white lupin before.
Usually it's the more common purple variety.


Yarntangler said...

We had a huge barrel cactus right beside us out on the BLM land. It was sitting there all ready to burst into bloom for two weeks. it finally opened up-the morning we left!

Misfit in Paradise said...

Lovely photos.

Old Newsie said...

A four foot barrel cactus on our side yard popped up a day or two ago with brilliant ellow flowers with a touch of red in the middle, apparently a target for a few bhees that have been visiting it. An our two ocotillo bushes have been in bloom twice lately Couple of neighbors snapped phots last month.
BTW, that weekend visit by Sage Words of the Wombat blog fell through. The Air Force calls.

spiritualastronomer said...

Too bad about the visit that wasn't. Hopefully soon, though.