Spring is coming to the desert and my once a year hobby – photographing wildflowers – takes up all the time I can give it. I’ve been a bit remiss with blogging recently and I’m afraid this will continue for a couple of months. Last year the display was disappointing due to the drought, but this month we had some rain and the flowers are starting to bud. I’ll give you a preview of what’s to come.
California is probably the best place for wildflowers in the U.S. (with Texas coming a close second) – perhaps the best in the world. Early explorers and settlers said the grasslands were carpets of color.
The blooms usually start in the southern California desert in March and flowers slowly open up in April as they “march their way” north with the warmer weather.
Finally the lilies and clarkias come out in May – and even later in the mountains. This is all dependent on precipitation – so pray for more rain! …..our reservoirs and farmers need it too.
If you go in search of wildflowers – take only photographs (each flower contains the seeds for next years blooms), and leave only footprints (but not on the flowers!).