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.

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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, Kaiser Permanente San Diego Medical Center. 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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