A collection of cholla cacti, blooming purple sand verbena, and ocotillo plants come together in a harmonious symphony of color in the Anza-Borrego desert.
This year we had an incredible amount of rain and it was the wettest winter that I've experienced since moving to California many years ago. I even learned about atmospheric rivers which wasn't a term I heard about growing up. Now the rain resulted in many gloomy days and it seemed like it would never end. While this was a bit of a downer, the flip side is that we get glorious blooms during the spring.
I made multiple trips out into the Anza Borrego desert to find just the right scene with a perfect wildflower bloom. Had many adventures including getting stuck in the sand far away from the nearest road and not being able to dig our way out (luckily a park ranger happened to come across us). After a few trips, my friend and I decided to explore the June wash area in the southern part of the park.
On the last day, we saw some purple hillsides in the distance. It's a bit of gamble to hike far in because you never know what you'll find and if you spend too much time getting there, you may not be able to get back to your original position in time for sunset.
However our bet paid off and we found a veritable oasis of chollas, purple verbena and ocotillo plants. So amazing to see the rain transform a barren inhospitable desert into a beautiful garden with a symphony of colors.
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