The test of an adventure is that when you are in the middle of it, you say to yourself, "Oh, now I've got myself into an awful mess; I wish I were sitting quietly at home." And the sign that something is wrong with you is when you sit quietly at home wishing you were out having lots of adventure. -Thornton Wilder

The nice thing about being confused is you get a chance to notice things a lot better than if you knew where you were going.

Life begins at the end of your comfort zone.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Spring Time in the Desert


The desert can be spectacular in the Spring if winter rains come at just the right time. 
 Every year is different so you can never count on the bloom to happen. 


No flowers on this Cholla but there is new growth at the tips.


This is Ocotillo.

And these are the flowers of the Ocotillo.

These haven't opened yet.



15 comments:

  1. One of the things I want to see in Australia are the spring flowers in the deserts of Western Australia - they look wonderful.

    The Fatal Shore is a really good book - I think I may have to read it again.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  2. If the desert get flowers, they really jumps in the picture by color and form. Totally different of the normal desert inhabitants. Very interesting.

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  3. Some spectacular photo's of the blooming desert.

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  4. Lovely! Life is all around, if only we take the time to look.

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  5. John, so much more beautiful than your mushrooms! ;-)

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  6. Oh, my, I love that last flower shot...before they have all opened. Not that I don't like it after...just that one is excellent!

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  7. Spring flowers already! Hurray!

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  8. I'm hoping we can visit Las Vegas in the Spring and see some of the wonderful flowers and new growth. Love your photos.

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  9. Since we bought a little 'snowbird' casita in the desert of southern Utah, I've gained a great appreciation for desert beauty. We have planted an ocotillo along with other varieties of cacti in our little yard, and am anxious to see them bloom this spring.

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  10. beautiful....love the first image.

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  11. I do love Ocotillos. There is an area south of Tombstone that is full of them.

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  12. The desert in bloom is a wonderful sight.

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  13. A friend of mine worked on a TV documentary about desert flowers. Of course, the rain couldn't be guaranteed to arrive at the same time as the film crew so they took huge water-tankers out there and watered an acre or so of ground. The variety of flowers which appeared "from nowhere" was astonishing.

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