The Desert Blooms

March 05, 2019

by Steve

This is our second winter in the desert. For people who grew up in the Midwest with pine and maple trees, the desert flora is a bit different and it takes some time to get used to it. The desert has a beauty all its own, of course, and it's not always the same.There are flowers that grow in the desert, but you don't often get to see them. They don't bloom every year, rather they only bloom when conditions are right. Those conditions require sufficient rainfall, but not just one or two rains, but a series of rains over a certain length of time, with the right amount of sun and warm temperatures. When those conditions occur, the desert can spring into bloom, perhaps for the first time in many years.

This year, the conditions were right.We had planned a trip to southern California to see friends and Jane's uncle and aunt, and just happened to go when the desert flowers "super-bloom" would be peaking. So we came back to Tucson via the Anza-Borrego State Park.  I'll let the pictures speak for themselves.

Lots of these moths that look like butterflies. Unfortunately they make a huge yellow splat on the front of the car.
Barrel cactus in bloom.  Not a real unusual sight, but nice when it's at the right height!

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