Flowers in an arid basin

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A desert lily, the signature flower of the Anza Borrego Desert
Eleven months of the year the Anza Borrego Desert is beautiful, but dry and bleak.

With the first thunderstorms of the spring areas of the desert that you would never guess could bloom come to life! Sand dunes, barren flats, dry lakes... all put on a spectacular show.

It lasts only a week or two, which is what makes it special, you never know when it's going to happen so it's something to look forward to, a surprise from nature.

This was March of 2005, the last time it rained in the desert. We headed out to Borrego Springs (borrego is a bighorn sheep), about an hour east of San Diego. We went out during the second storm, so shower after shower followed us across the desert from tiny, isolated thunderstorms.

In 2006 and 2007 we waited (along with the desert creatures...) but rains never came. Maybe 2008.

This is only an hour east of San Diego, a nice trip across the mountains. If you're in the area during one of these blooms, make sure you see it!

Here's a resource for tracking the blooms around the southwestern US. It's only as accurate as the people who send in reports, but good for getting there the right week... http://www.desertusa.com/wildflo/ca.html#anchor306242


cneoridium says:
Thanks Jennifer! Still not another good year like that as of 2012.... Glad we went that year!
Posted on: Oct 10, 2012
jenniferhibbard says:
Great photos! Nice blog...
Posted on: Oct 10, 2012
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