Updated April 2016 to include ALL NEW images from 2016 expedition (March 1 - April 7), including this closeup of a blooming and leafed-out ocotillo on Borrego Road in California.
After four years of record drought, winter 2016 El Nino rains brought welcome moisture to Death Valley, Joshua Tree, Anza-Borrego, Carrizo Plain, Mojave, and elsewhere. Remembering previous wilflower photography expeditions from 2008, 2010, 2011, and 2015, I flew out for 36 days of photography in southern California and Nevada. The album contains just a few tantalizing pictures (of more than 6,000 images taken) of the vistas and closeups of spring miracles from the 2016 expedition in several deserts and one of California's last native grasslands. [Editors: Contact me for high-res files, for other scenes and flowers from the earlier photo shoots, or for a copy of my 4-page summary PDF "Wildflowers (and Weirdness) in the Southwest, 2016," with more images of wildflowers, the noxious Salton Sea, and the pure strangeness of Salvation Mountain at Slab City.] All images copyright Trudy E. Bell
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