Just got back from a visit to the annual Ridgecrest Wildflower Festival in the High Desert of California. Because winter (what winter, we might ask) was very warm and dry, the theory was that there would be very few wildflowers this year. Well……..there was a storm during the first week in March with a few inches of rain and………….there were WILDFLOWERS !!!
This is the Desert Dandelion / Malacothrix gladbrata…………..a flower seen sporadically in the high desert this time of year. But this year, the desert was carpeted with them! So sad that my photos of this plant weren’t as wonderful as they should be, but they were everywhere.
Desert Calico / Loeseliastrum Matthewsii is a tiny ground hugging plant with a splash of pink across swatches of the desert floor this week.
Sacred Datura was awesome: