Sunday, March 27, 2005

Desert wildflowers

Yesterday and Sunday two weeks ago we made a trip out to our local Anza-Borrego desert to see the wildflowers. They were by far the best we have ever seen — carpets of lupine, golden poppies, and dozens of other kinds of flowers. At a place called the Carrizo Badlands overlook, we stepped out of the car into the middle of hundreds of acres that were literally blanketed with wildflowers in their prime. The hillside in this picture is just a hundred yards or so from the roadside. The concentrated flowers also made for a concentrated wildflower perfume; a odiferous treat on top of the visual treat. Later in the day we hiked up Smuggler's Canyon, which was also in prime. We also four-wheeled up Oriflamme Canyon, where the different elevations and environments served up even more varieties of wildflowers. It was quite a day...

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