A Wildflower Adventure-Part 2

March 16, 2019 at 7:57 am (California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers) (, , )

Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Rather than wait for all of my Anza-Borrego photos to be edited, I’m putting up a sampler, starting with the last image I made in the 2-1/2 days I was there.

Flower field S-22

These images were made alongside the S-22 road between mile markers 30 and 31. This immense flower field is dominated by the lovely sand verbena.

The flowers at the end of Borrego Springs’ Di Giorgio Road, which leads to Coyote Canyon and Desert Gardens, were the most popular since they were easiest to get to.

Desert lily

The desert lily is one of the more unique wildflowers, and makes its appearance either out in the open where its intriguing leaves can spread out, or amid the other wildflowers.

The key to viewing the wildflowers comfortably is to get out very early before the hordes of people, many of whom wander out in the fields. Photoshop takes care of most of them when they show up in your photos, though.


Desert wildflowers often need to bloom and set seed quickly before the heat shrivels them, but the unseasonably cool weather both in the desert as well as in southern/central California have encouraged the blooms to linger.


Ocotillo can grow and drop leaves and flowers up to five times a year, as it responds to rain. Most of the year it is a brown, deadish looking plant.


Cholla is common in the desert, but the greenish flowers had yet to appear.

Painted lady butterflies were migrating through by the hundreds of thousands. I don’t know if they were coming from somewhere else, or if they had just emerged from the pupal stage. They blew westward over the flower fields like autumn leaves, with many meeting their demise on the windshields and fronts of cars.

Lark sparrow

It really wasn’t a very birdy desert during my visit, but I managed to photograph a bold lark sparrow.

The folks at Anza-Borrego say the superbloom will happen in stages, with the current best spots at Di Giorgio Road, June Wash, and S-22. Henderson Canyon near Di Giorgio Rd. is usually full of flowers, they said, but there were none at the moment.

Even without the flowers, the landscapes are amazing, especially with early morning and late evening “golden hour” light.

Stay tuned for more wildflowers and landscapes from Anza-Borrego!

Photos and text copyrighted by Cindy McIntyre

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