First Bloom Pulse, Anza-Borrego: February 15-17, 2019

 

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A Borrego bouquet

 

It has been an abnormally rainy year for us in San Diego County.  For our followers not from SoCal you’ll probably just laugh when you read this, but we received over three inches last week from just one storm!  Out in the desert, Borrego Springs received over two and half inches.  That’s a deluge for us.  The rainfall has been nicely spaced out, creating a rare first bloom pulse that’s peaking right now.

The more common spring pulse will be a monster bloom in a few weeks.  It should rival the super bloom of 2017 and last even longer.  The city of Borrego Springs swears they are ready this time for the onslaught of people, aka flowergeddon.  I hope so.  Meanwhile, we caught a really nice early show without huge crowds.  The desert floor may not have been a multi-colored carpet of flowers, but the flowers were still plentiful and beautiful in spots.

The weather was cold and windy.  For us that means daytime temps in the low 50s with 20 mph winds.  Not exactly sit in front of your Airstream in the evening, sip beer, wave to passersby, and watch the sunset weather.

Our nephew, T, and his girlfriend, D, came out on Saturday and spent the night.  We played tour guide and showed them around.  After dinner and multiple games of Uno it was time to call it a night.  The young lovers moved their truck to the leeward side of the Airstream.  Then crawled into their sleeping bags under a mound of blankets in the bed of the truck.  The wind was howling.  It was cold and the sky bright from the near full moon.

The old lovers took a nice hot shower in their Airstream, jumped into their comfy bed with a warm quilt cover, turned off the lights, and it was dark.

Of course, Amelia was worried sick about them.

I wasn’t.

 

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Not so dry Clark Dry Lake

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Even the Puggle couldn’t believe it.

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This is what it almost always looks like.

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Rockhouse Trail Boondocking

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A cactus farm we stumbled upon at the end of Borrego Valley Road.

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San Diego County’s newest library

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It’s nice checking out books and DVDs in Borrego and then returning them to the county library two miles from our house!

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Wind bent Desert Sunflowers

 

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Arizona Lupine and Amelia in the distance

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Orcutt’s Woody Aster

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Dune Evening Primrose

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Amelia, D, and T in the South Palm Wash Slot

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California Spectacle Pod

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Desert Tobacco

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Desert Lily

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Up close shot of Sand Verbena

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Sand Verbena grows in the sand, duh!

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The young lovers in a field of flowers at Arroyo Salida

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Wild Heliotrope

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Desert Chicory

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Desert Gold Poppies

 

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Old girl trying to warm her old bones on a cold windy day.

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