Friday, March 28, 2008

Wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert

The alternate trail to Palm Canyon in Anza-Borrego Desert State ParkWhile a bit past its prime, the spring wildflower blooms were still plentiful in Anza-Borrego this week. The hike to Palm Canyon, an easy 3-mile roundtrip, gives you a waterfall, a stream, and a palm grove (in the wild!) of California fan palm (the only palm tree native to California). And, of course, many species of wildflowers. In this photo, the yellow are brittlebush and the large cactus on the left is an ocotillo. Here is a sampling of some blooming cactus for you.
Barrel cactus in bloomBarrel Cactus
Beavertail cactus in bloomBeavertail Cactus
Teddy-Bear cholla in bloomTeddy-Bear cactus (also known as “jumping cactus”)
A desert trio (Ocotillo, Brittlebush, and Beavertail cactus)A trio of plants: Brittlebush in the foreground, Beavertail cactus, and the lower portion of an Ocotillo. Stately ocotilloFinally, here is a stately ocotillo with its crimson blooms waving high and majestic. More wildflower photos to come.

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