Wednesday Open Thread: Desert Bloom 2019
t's Day 107 of the Year 2019 CE (Gregorian), meaning that it's April 17, 2019 (Gregorian), or 18.104.22.168.8 by the long count
It is a lot more complex than this, but, per wikipedia (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_bloom)
A desert bloom is a climatic phenomenon that occurs in various deserts around the world. The phenomenon consists of the blossoming of a wide variety of flowers during early-mid spring in years when rainfall is unusually high.
The blossoming occurs when the unusual level of rainfall reach the seeds and bulbs that have been in a latent or dormant state and causes them to germinate and flower in early spring. It is accompanied by the proliferation of insects, birds and small species of lizards.
We try to get to the desert, usually Anza Borrego Desert State Park (ABDSP), every spring. This year, we hit the middle of a super-bloom. Some stuff had already bloomed out, some was yet to bloom, some we missed because it is huge and different plants occupy different zones. There are also things like forests of ocotillo, which simply don't photograph worth a damn, and also large expanses of agave (Century plants). But, here's some of what we did shoot. Keep in mind that this is desert, rock, gravel, cacti, shrubs, and sand; variety first:
Image is Globemallow blooming in Cottonwood Canyon; 3/24/17 (Joshua Tree NP) by NPS/Brad Sutton and is public domain
Its an open thread so have at it. The floor is yours