Saturday, March 27, 2010

Wildflowers in Borrego

We celebrated Bill's birthday this week with an overnight trip to Borrego Springs, where the wildflower bloom is at its peak. Go now if you can! It is truly spectacular. The photo above shows one of my favorites, the heliotrope, with a background of chuparosa (red) and fagonia (tiny purple). (Photo by Bill)

We joined a wildflower tour sponsored by the Anza-Borrego Natural History Foundation that went to Glorieta Canyon--a place we never would have found on our own. To get there, set your odometer at Christmas Circle and go 3.5 miles down Borrego Springs Road. Turn right onto an unmarked dirt road. The drive up to the canyon takes about 15 minutes. There is a barrel cacti forest along the road, and the farther you go, the more wildflowers you'll see.

This little treasure is called a ghost flower, and it created quite a bit of excitement among the tour group. It seems that they're quite uncommon. There was a whole colony of them climbing up a bank right beside the trail.

We stayed overnight and went back up the canyon the next day at our leisure. Here we have a baby lupine on the left and a monkey flower on the right.

Brittlebushes are everywhere with their bright yellow flowers. (Photo by Bill) The cacti blooms are beginning too, so if you go now, you can have it all!