No super-bloom, but still beautiful: Anza Borrego at the end of February
Lots of folks have been posting about this year’s “super-bloom” of annual wildflowers in Death Valley National Park.
I was one of the lucky ones who got to witness its last occurrence back in 2005 (photos above and below).
Because desert rainfall is such a locally variable phenomenon, during last weekend’s visit to Anza Borrego Desert State Park we witnessed no such massive color show.
There were, however, plenty of desert shrubs providing startling beauty for us and pollen/nectar for critters:
Almost as rare as a super-bloom: spotting the elusive desert bighorn sheep (the “borrego” in Anza Borrego). Saturday morning I had such an encounter: 6 am, slanted light, a cracking noise–like rifle shots–echoing off the sheer rocky slopes of Indian Head mountain, and a rowdy band of curly-horned males bouncing around and smacking horns.
Other highlights of the weekend: our annual family trek up Palm Canyon to the waterfalls. My first camping trip here was in 1963; now I count myself blessed to be able to introduce my grandchildren to this fabulous place in all its rough beauty.
(And to see my son and nephew and great-nephews taking off their shoes to hike parts of the trail . . . so much fun! Sure, I’m known in our family as the crazy barefoot one, but bit by bit some of my relatives are seeing for themselves how fabulous it is to go without shoes on God’s green–or sandy and rocky–earth.)
Sunrise over Font’s Point! I take pictures of it every year, and it never. Gets. Old.
So . . . no super-bloom at Anza Borrego this February, but still a magical place/time to visit.