Desert Pincushions in Indian Valley.
Hedgehog Cactus blooms along the trail towards Inner Pasture
Desert Dandelions in Indian Valley
Desert Dandelions are part of the Sunflower family
Amazing that a cactus as formidable looking as the Hedgehog can produce such a beautiful flower
The Barrel Cactus blooms were still showing
The Ocotillo plants have been in bloom for a couple months out in the southern parts of Anza Borrego
This snake I believe is called a Red Racer and while not poisonous will take a bite out of you if provoked.
More Hedgehog Blooms just over a small ridge in Indian Valley
Red Racer snake in the Anza Borrego Desert
This Red Racer seemed content to just lie in the wash with his head in the shade.
Beavertail Cactus Blooms
Small Fishhook Cactus with a wreath of small flowers
Beavertail Cactus Bloom
I can pretty much guarantee that I will get hit by Cholla Cactus bombs on our overland hikes.
This one hurt :-(
More Hedgehog Cactus Blooms
Low lying Beavertail Cactus with multiple flowers
Wallace's Wooly Daisies
Brilliant field of Desert Dandelions near Inner Pasture
In case you can't tell the Desert Dandelions are my favorite wildflowers in Anza Borrego
Lone Desert Chicory in a bouqet of Desert Pincushion
I liked the way this rock framed the Monkeyflower and the Daisies
Serious Agave stalk. Tequila shot anyone?
Daren has turned into a serious desert photographer
Desert Dandelion covered the valley floor.
Desert Dandelion have an amazing fragrance that our suburban versions do not have
Interesting Yoni type carving.
Desert Dandelions and Desert Pincushions make a colorful combination
We found some large pottery pieces
Large cow bone left over from the cattle days
The petals of the Desert Dandelion only grow to 3/4" long but in numbers completely change the desert landscape to a brilliant pale yellow.
Large den that we figured was home to a kit fox
Sun pictograph we encountered on our hike.
Antromorph type pictograph
Enhanced version of previous pictograph
Large Mortero near the pictograph rock
Enhanced version of previous pictograph. Lower right looks like some sort of creature while the picto in the upper left looks like a human figure.a
Hard to make this pictograph out
Enhanced version of previous Pictograph. Looks like something with 4 legs?
It was time to start the long hike back