Thursday, April 7, 2016

Desert Wildflowers

I was out hiking and jeeping in Joshua Tree last weekend, and a bit disappointed that I wasn't seeing more wildflowers. However, I got to the far south end of Geology Tour Road, and things changed dramatically! It's so interesting how the flowers can be very abundant in one desert area and totally missing in other areas. 




I did my best to avoid stepping on flowers as I was hiking along in this remote area!

If you look really hard at the top center of the photo above, you will see a little line dropping down the distant mountain. That's the northern section of Geology Tour Road. Keep heading south, then do a bit of hiking, and you will end up here!

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42 comments:

  1. All those flowers are beautiful.

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  2. O these desert flowers have a very special beauty in this magical landscape.

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  3. Bright spots of beauty is such a dry location. Beautiful!

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  4. Oh California is seducing me! Always such a pleasure to see what you share

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  5. Beautiful series. The desert has such a lot of beauty and your photos bring it to life.

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  6. Beautiful flowers, they remind be of the Dandelions we have here which are the dam weeds we get in the garden and not so welcome as yours.

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  7. Great pictures of Springtime in the desert, looks like a perfect kind of day for Jeepin' around!

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  8. Gorgeous captures! I love the desert in Spring.

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  9. They are so pretty. I'd guess there was a little shower of rain or a heavy dew in the area causing the flowers to bloom. Many years ago a friend of mine was employed by the BBC making a documentary about the desert and like you they couldn't find the flowers they'd hoped for. In the end they resorted to watering several patches of land and very soon they had the flowers they wanted and - I've seen the finished film - some clever camera work makes it look as though the whole desert is ablaze with flowers.

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  10. Oh wow, thanks for taking us on that trip. I knew about the sudden bloom of wildflowers in the desert in Australia after a rain in spring but somehow never thought of the same thing happening in the U.S.
    Your photos are great - you've been able to capture a spectacular combination of geologic features and colourful carpets of flowers. THanks again for sharing

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  11. Indeed must be a water question. Its always stunning how the color of the flowers in the desert jumps out. Thanks for showing.

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  12. Beautiful flowers.Amazing pics.

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  13. Hello, the wildflowers are beautiful. It is lovely to see all the colors in the desert. Great photos! Happy Friday, enjoy your weekend!

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  14. What gorgeous photos. You make the desert dance. Have a great day! =)

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  15. Beautiful vistas and special desert blooms! Lovely!

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  16. Very pretty flowers in a simple landscape.

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  17. Hi! Nice collection of beautiful flowers. I enjoyed your post very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Hi! Nice collection of beautiful flowers. I enjoyed your post very much. Thanks for sharing.

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  19. Wow! Such beautiful desert flowers and gorgeous photography!

    Wishing you a happy weekend ~ ^_^

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  20. You found beautiful flowers, after all! Great landscape and sights, too.

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  21. Great post, Peter, wonderful to see all those colorful flowers in that dry landscape.

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  22. Fabulous---- I also love the desert in the spring. Magical. Thanks for sharing.

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  23. Beautiful Peter! Love these little gems. Was the ocatilla blossoming?

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  24. Fabulous photos. I remember the year the desert bloomed when we lived in the Imperial Valley - it was unbelievable.

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  25. Those wild flowers look great. So do your photos.

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  26. What an beautiful area of nature!!I envy you soo much living there!!so pretty landscapes!

    Here we are just beginning to have a little sun after weeks and weeks with grey weahter..I am out for a mountain hike!Thanx for showing us from you place!

    Anita

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  27. Amazing! So many flowers! I like to see more of this landscape. When I go visit California some day, I will for sure spend some time in the desert!

    Happy weekend!

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  28. It is great to join you on this mountain hike and get to see those gorgeous colourful wildflowers. Have a great weekend!

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  29. What a marvel to witness the desert blooming!

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  30. Just wonderful. A landscape that I've never experienced; all that space, a blue sky and a carpet of wild flowers. It surely can't get much better than that!

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  31. Gorgeous images of flowers in the desert.

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  32. Looks a lot like central Australia - I love the contrast between the colours of the flowers and the colours of the rocks in the desert.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  33. Olá
    imagens maravilhosas!
    eu amo flores silvestres!
    Zizi

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  34. Incredibly beautiful.....lovely colours and light!

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  35. Gorgeous flowers and beautiful place!

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