Refreshing desert flowers

Just the right conditions of rain and sunshine are needed for flowers to flourish in the desert.  We experienced a spectacular display of wildflowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park’s Henderson Canyon while camping with our Airstream Safari trailer in March 2009.

DSC_0197 Henderson Canyon

The Anza-Borrego Foundation is reporting that this desert is now bursting again with spring wildflowers, and the White-lined Sphinx caterpillars find them delicious and refreshing.*  The good news is that the caterpillars help feed the birds and pollinate the flowers.

Below are some of my best photos of flowers in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park over the past six years:

DSC_0205 Barrel Cactus

California barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus

DSC_0276 Creosote bush

Creosote bush, Larrea tridentata

DSC_0203 Desert Chicory

Desert Chicory, Rafinesquia neomexicana

DSC_0175 Desert sand verbena

Desert sand verbena, Abronia villosa

DSC_0022 OcotilloOcotillo, Fouquieria splendens

DSC_0083 Beavertail Cactus

Beavertail Cactus, Opuntia basilaris

DSC_0145 Desert Lily plant

Desert Lily, Hesperocallis undulata, is considered by some to be the Holy Grail of the desert wildflowers.  (See Wikipedia’s information about the Holy Grail.)

DSC_0172 Desert Lily flower

“Breathing in, I see myself as a flower.  Breathing out, I feel fresh,” says Thich Nhat Hanh in 06 Exercise Two, Flower Fresh, Art of Mindful Living.*

*This is a link to a YouTube video.


About Bill D.

Bill is a retired RN who has enjoyed working as a docent in a well-known historic house museum, and now is a proud volunteer in San Diego's newest state-of-the-art hospital. He enjoys reading, writing, and meditating, especially about mindfulness as discussed by Zen master, spiritual leader, and author Thich Nhat Hanh. (Photo credit: Jokie Tolentino)
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One Response to Refreshing desert flowers

  1. Rich C says:

    I wish I was out in the Borrego area for the bloom! Maybe next year. 🙂


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