Sonoran Desert Super Bloom
This year we had so much rain here in the desert, it’s created a Sonoran Desert Super Bloom. I am seeing flowers at our spot here near Quartzsite, that I have never seen before. And just the sheer numbers of flowers, is mind boggling. Plus it’s so green, it hardly seems like the desert this year.
Hillsides are carpeted with purple flowers. Usually we have a few purple flowers, but never have the hillsides just been covered like they are right now.
The majority of the purple flowers on the hillsides are scorpion weed, which I have to say are very pretty, but they smell horrible.
The desert chicory are far more prolific than I’ve seen in years past. They are all over the place this year.
A new white flower this year is the Stevens pincushion. They are small, but they are covering the ground everywhere.
These are called Brown eyes.
These next 3 flowers are new for me this year, and I have no idea what they are. I have looked at every website for images of them, and have come up empty. They are all just tiny, and so delicate.
These tiny purple flowers are on a small bush called a California Fagonbush.
Dainty Desert Hideseed. These purple flowers are super tiny and are growing in the shade of rock outcroppings. Both of these purple flowers are new for me this year.
Pygmy desert poppy.
Desert rock daisy.
I saw these next two flowers a couple of years ago, but only one or two here and there. This year, they are thick in certain areas. They are a particular favorite of mine. See how translucent they are, impossibly delicate.
Sand Blazing Star.
Brittle brush is always common, but always beautiful.
The cactus seem to be behind a little bit however. December, and January were so wet and cold I think it set them back some. The ocotillo are usually all in full bloom by this time, but this is the only one in the whole area that has a flower.
The beavertail cactus are just getting their bloom on good. They are such a vibrant color.
The resilience of all these seemingly delicate flowers is a true testament to survival, even in these harsh conditions.
We are taking time right now for Al to get feeling 100%. He is still having odd symptoms, and we want to make sure he is well enough to travel, and drive the RV before we start heading north. We anticipate we will be heading out in the next couple days however, he is feeling better everyday. Thanks so much for all the well wishes, good thoughts, and prayers sent our way last week.