Well, it's not quite death valley, but I did make it out to Anza Borrego park yesterday. It's been raining a lot this past winter, including yesterday (at least coastally) so all of the mountains are unbelievably green this year. Here's the view on the approach towards the desert from Desert View Park:
It almost looks like something out of the Alps in comparison to what I'm used to the area looking like. Everything's growing!
I'm used to just boulders and cactuses here.
The first pull-off:
A closer view
It's so green it looks like this baby cactus is growing in a field of grass
Some of the critters
So I'm taking a picture of that last insect and I hear something buzz past me. A bee? Another huge beetle? I recognize this sound... so I look around.
A hummingbird in the desert!
Ok, back to the plants...
The second pull off, next to the camping grounds on the way to the park HQ
Notice how the spines make hooks? I didn't notice it until after I looked at my pictures when I got home, although my shoes and pants being covered in cactus spines out in the desert should have been the first hint.
Oooh more flowers!
It's hard to take it all in because the scenery in general and the individual flowers themselves look so amazing
Only a few plants were bringing up the tail end of the bloom season