Thursday, June 1, 2023

Superbloom 2023?

 The word "superbloom" has become quite trendy and overused. In my humble opinion, 2023 was not a superbloom year in the deserts in and around Joshua Tree National Park. A good year, yes, but not a superbloom year. And it doesn't help that superbloom is a very subjective term!
No flowers here, but I like the sign. "The Heart of the Mojave" has a nice ring to it, don't you think?
The sand verbena were beautiful in this area, but nonexistant 1/2 mile from here. In a true superbloom year, the flowers are more widespread. 
 


Mixed in with the low-growing wildflowers are the taller Desert Lilies. This was quite a find because they have become more rare over the years. Before stopping here, we stopped at the Desert Lily Sanctuary, reportedly one of the best places to see Desert Lilies in bloom. Nada. Ziltch. Not a single Desert Lily to be seen. They grow from bulbs, which can remain dormant for years, waiting for just the right amount of moisture and who-knows-what-else before they bloom.


 


Moving on to a new location, still searching for flowers...
This wash is usually good for flowers, and it didn't disappoint this year!



 




Mitch for perspective!
 
Hope you enjoyed strolling among the desert wildflowers, and thanks for stopping by!!
 
Linking with Skywatch Friday.

32 comments:

  1. I'm guessing these desert blooms are thanks to the rainfall in the area this season. I'm probably reading into it but even the flowers seem a bit surprised to be there. :)

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  2. ...Mother Nature plants some amazing gardens in the most unlikely spots!

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  3. Enjoyed this very much! Thanks for bringing us along

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  4. Beautiful blooms featured.

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  5. The cacti blooms are very nice. The colour and the texture are very revealing. Fantastic sky too

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  6. A superbloom year or not, the flowers are lovely anyway.

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  7. Your flowers have such pretty colors.

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  8. There is nothing like a desert in bloom.

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  9. I didn’t realize the desert had such colour!

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  10. Desert lilies and other plants too are so smart. It's amazing really. Great photos, especially the lonely tree in b&w and the photo two before it.

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  11. The way you compose shots just amazes me sir. Your posts are learning centre for landscape enthusiasts like me. That quite a good number of blooms. In Bengaluru, we had quite good blooms around spring and summer but never attempted to capture them.

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  12. It may not be a "superbloom" in the sense that it is far in excess of what happens in an average year, but it still looks super to me! A friend of mine worked for the BBC for a while and was once involved in making a documentary about the desert. A superbloom didn't happen that year either. But everyone involved was then deployed to water a small area of barren land and as a result flowers shot up within a short time. Clever camera angles then made it look as though the whole desert was ablaze with flower.

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  13. The desert in bloom is always breathtaking. Your images have captured these in a "super" way!

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  14. I love these shots and would love to see an actual superbloom year in the desert!

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  15. I have never seen a desert bloom. Hoping too one day. I wouldn't care if it was a superbloom or not; your captures are beautiful even if it wasn't a superbloom.

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  16. Yellow and pink are the majority. They are resistant flowers if they grow in the desert.

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  17. The flowers are all the more attractive against the stark beauty of the surroundings. The Desert Lilies are spectacular.

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  18. Well, even with a sub par not superbloom you sure found some great flowers for us.

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  19. Beautiful!
    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  20. Amazing floral display in the desert!

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  21. The floowers may be sparce but your photos bring out the best of them

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  22. Yes, I enjoyed this! Thank you for sharing and the word "super"... aw, well....

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  23. I like the sign, and the desert flowers are pretty! As always, your photography is stunning.

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  24. Aunque no sean tan abundantes, como las de otros aƱos, las que hay se ven preciosas.
    Un abrazo

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  25. Great Sign ~ wonderful flowers ~ great sky shot too ~ Awesome photos!

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  26. To me, it seems like a superbloom. Amazing photos of the flowers and sky.

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  27. Thank you for sharing these pretty flowers and geology. The black and white photo is spectacular.

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  28. Amazing wildflowers, so very beautiful. Love your new header, awesome!

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  29. The dessert flowers really look showy in the sand! My granddaughter just spent some time in AZ and sent me cactus photos. Love your beautiful banner too! Enjoy your weekend. It's getting hot here...probably there too!

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  30. Wow! That adds a spark of delight to the desert. We were in Tucson when the yellow poppies were in a superbloom. Nature!

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