Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Friday, April 23, 2010
Monday, April 19, 2010
The desert is definitely blooming! We were out over the weekend and were astounded at how green and yellow the East Mojave is right now. It is simply carpeted with flowers. It was a working weekend, so I didn't have time to take many photos, but we could not drive by this beauty without stopping. This is Mojave mound cactus (Echinocereus triglochidiatus), also known as claret cup for obvious reasons.
See more treasures at Teri's Painted Daisies.
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
Friday, April 9, 2010
I guess you know spring is in the air when you see multiple photography assignments and contests focused on the color green. I finally decided maybe I should get in on some of the fun, so here is my submission for Gardening Gone Wild's Picture This Contest for April. Be sure to check out the other green submissions too!
Monday, April 5, 2010
One of our tiny cacti that I thought was dead suddenly sprouted buds. And then there was this treat on Saturday. Certainly not dead!
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Saturday, April 3, 2010
Friday, April 2, 2010
More from our camping trip: Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) in various stages of bloom. They are quite beautiful up close; so dense and fleshy compared to the dry, spiky nature of the tree itself.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
One of our "missions" on our camping trip in the East Mojave during the weekend of March 20-21 was to see if we could find desert lilies (Hesperocallis undulata) in bloom. Someone had reported them blooming in Anza-Borrego, so we hoped the conditions might be right in the East Mojave as well. We found many with buds, but no blooms—until we happened upon a south-facing sandy slope. There we found a few with full blossoms open and many more coming soon. It really is a treat to run across such a lush "garden" in an otherwise arid land.