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It's Spring - Borrego Springs Bloom

By: WatchinTheSky , 5:19 PM GMT on March 17, 2017

We took a Thursday drive out to the desert to see how super the Super Bloom was. Seemed like a good reason to take a hooky day off from work ;-) I had no interest in fighting the weekend crowds that were reportedly massive.

Apparently, the blooms are attracting more than just people out to the desert! New desert critters ;-)

OK, here's where we went - Lovely morning, 80s to low 90s.

Yes, it's a desert!

Some of the floral carpet :-)

Poppies, not California poppies and not the masses that go on for miles - but very nice!

Little native bee happy to see so many blooms.

Ghost flower, I was sure this was a type of monkeyflower (mimulus), but apparently not.


Lots of lupines!

Don't know what these little ones are, probably cal will recognize ;-)

Really had a nice time checking out the blooms - larger ones, tiny ones. There is concern that the 'super bloom' will be ended when the caterpillar population spikes from the abundant food source and they cats eat all the plants! I didn't see any caterpillars where we went.

And of course ;-)
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36. jlync
3:08 AM GMT on March 28, 2017
Seems that way WTS,
No Rain in forecast!!! Oh well ...Putting water out for birds and critters, seems they are coming out Abit around here and frequent visitors to the gardening areas! Especially the Lizards! One of the lizards loves to sit upon a small water fountain and get sunshine everyday you can see the post on Flickr! Cute little Critter!๐Ÿ“ท It's been pretty Warm lately!

Awwwe and I see yourโ€‹ Big Yeti has a Big Smile on his Face in the Night! Very Cute! ๐Ÿ’ซ
Well hope your days a good one !
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35. WatchinTheSky
12:08 AM GMT on March 26, 2017
Hi jlync! We got shut out for weekend rain and now it is not even in the forecast for the next 8 days :-( We may be done until summer, and that's not a good bet! Hopefully you'll get rain soon :-)

Hi Sandi, yes! Must be something going on up in the avocado grove ;-)

I see cam 1 caught an oriole at a feeder, We're getting a good group and already fledglings are being shown the feeders by the parents! So much fun watching/hearing them and their antics :-)
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34. sandiquiz
7:48 AM GMT on March 25, 2017
Oh my goodness!!! Yeti has a BIG brother!!!!
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33. jlync
4:35 AM GMT on March 25, 2017
Well Good Evening or maybe Morning really, WTS!
Again no rain!!!As you say Maybe this Weekend, we'll see!๐ŸŒ‚
Awwwe, is that anotherโ€‹ Yeti... Wonderful they Glow in the Dark!
Sooooo Cute! Fabbbbbulous View!
Hope you have a Great Day! ๐Ÿ’ซ
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32. WatchinTheSky
3:15 AM GMT on March 25, 2017
Hi WW! Pretty sure the last one was a bog raven. Did not get to see the pupfish pond, so much to see, so little time! I see you got the scoop on the artist ;-)

Hey GG! Almost shocking (no Orioles) LOL The oriole crowd seems to be increasing, but of course they're not alway in front of the cams!

Hi jlinc :-) practically no rain here either, a tiny chance for Saturday but as the days go by, the chance for rain plummets. Oh well.

Hi Tony! Not something that we consider much here, but you're quite right - as long as temps are below freezing, you stay dry, just chilly! Here we don't often worry about wet or cold, a bit boring ;-) Glad you got a good walk in!

Hi cp :-) I didn't hear about the Swainson's but I have heard now is a good hawk watch time there. Oh, Sphinx moths! Beloved them, need to get something blooming that will attract them. Amazing how Nature generally balances things out, too many caterpillars and birds come in to feast ;-)
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31. calpoppy
1:52 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
Did you hear about the swarms of Swainson's Hawks descending upon Borrego?? After all the caterpillars there. I guess the cats there are 7 lined sphinx moths. I remember a couple of years ago we had tons of cats on a perennial wildflower here called a wishbone plant. They were big and black with some yellow on them, well the flocks of Juvie Ravens came and the next day there wasn't one to be found.

Love the Yeti:)))))
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30. plapman
1:40 PM GMT on March 24, 2017
God morning Sky.
I got Abbey out for a long walk yesterday morning while every thing was still frozen. If I'd have one in the afternoon she would have come home soaking wet. Have a good day.
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29. jlync
10:00 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Thanks WTS, ... Fannnnntastic Yeti, it's Daylight and the View is much better! ๐Ÿ‘ง
It was glowing in the dark Fabbbbbulous!!! That's not a bad thing!!! Probably helps the Hummers make their way to feed! ๐Ÿฆ
Not much rain yet mostly off shore and a little further North but dark Clouds around though! The Glimpse of it came Very Early this Morning! Maybe Tonight!!! ๐ŸŒ‚
Hope you get rain as well! ๐Ÿ’ซ
Thanks Shirley appreciate that info as well! Made a fav of it! ๐Ÿ˜
Have a Great Evening and a Better Day Tomorrow!๐Ÿฆ
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28. GardenGrrl
9:29 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Little Yeti is lookin good. No Orioles at the moment.
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27. WeatherWise
6:55 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Okay, you know me, once I get something on my mind especially like your art scultures. I bet you have photos of many more as seems there are 130 of them - even a serpent 350 feet long. WOW! I would have gone crazy and perhaps never have made it to the flowers.

The artist is Ricardo Breceda, Perris Jurassic Park' owner/artist/welder from Perris, California. Seems the land owner at that time wanted this artist to created these creatures throughout his property as best I can understand.

Photos of many of the sculptures and info is on this website. The Art Sculptures of Borrego Springs.


http://www.desertusa.com/borrego/bs-art.html#ixzz 4cAxLEggc

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26. WeatherWise
6:21 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Hi WTS, Speaking of your elephants, reminds me a bit of the sculptures that I went crazy over a couple of years ago and am still so intrigued by. I am hoping to get in perhaps a side trip ou to that farm this weekend while in the area for family gathering. I still wonder about that farm out in Indiana that looks almost identical and with similar huge sculptures made from scrap iron and old farm implements. I have not gotten up enough nerve to inquire of the family in that area. I wish someone would write a biography of the man's life.

So I was wondering if you know who the artist was that created your elephants. And what is that third piece? Looks like a bird.

Did you get to see the pupfish pond?
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25. WatchinTheSky
4:11 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Hi jlync! We really got shut out on the rain yesterday, were supposed to get up to an inch - I don't think the rain gauge showed anything from the little bit of drizzle.... I hope you get some rain, I'll bet the trees would enjoy! Re the hummercam 2, little Yeti is a white out for sure, that cam has issues ;-) LOL

Hi Karen, good luck at Elsinore, I hear the poppies there are really impressive!

LOL, sandi! I guess it works fine either way, especially the way little Yeti is hanging there ;-) A disappointment regarding the rain barrels - a couple 55 gallon ones had holes at the bottom so I double lined them with large yard bags. Apparently bargain (cheap) bags, because they seem to have tiny holes that leaked half my water over a month's time! Plus, yes, watering the garden LOL

Hey, cp! Oh, he will! And I'll bet his big brother pops in to say goodbye ;-) This last rain was a big bust here, you got much more, even if you only got a little.... I'm surprised you're under for the year, we are a little over - very hit or miss.

Hi, plapman. The elephants were a good touch for the desert, I thought. Looks like you've still got chilly weather, spring eh?
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24. plapman
1:57 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Good morning Sky. It looks you had a good trip. I like the elephants. Have a good day.
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23. calpoppy
1:30 PM GMT on March 23, 2017
Good to see Yeti again, I hope he stays until the end. Rain last night not much .08 but out poured for bit and the we had very blustery winds. We are still an inch from normal:(
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22. sandiquiz
8:12 AM GMT on March 23, 2017
Another US / UK word confusion!! I meant that the scooter would pick up Yeti and take him away... as in "Tom pinched Susan's cookie and ran away with it"!

GG seems to think I meant something "totally different!" I never did!!! LOL

Empty rain barrels - after all that rain you had? What are you doing with it? Watering the garden?? lol
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21. SBKaren
1:11 AM GMT on March 23, 2017
We're heading out to search out some flowers tomorrow. I hear Elsinore is best, but we're taking our grandson with us and I don't want to get stuck in traffic. I asked for some recommendations on FB and have enough to go on that are more local. We'll just have to wait and see. Anzo Borrego is just too far for us for a day trip. Glad you got a chance to see them!
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20. jlync
12:55 AM GMT on March 23, 2017
Hello, WTS and Good Evening!
Lovely little Desert Critters!!! ๐Ÿƒ Wonderful and Gorgggggeous Viewwwww's around there !
Those Flowers are so Fannnnntasticly Fabbbbbulous, you really were able to Capture their Beauty so We'll! ๐Ÿ’œ That is sure a Cutie of a Bird, too! ๐Ÿฆ
I hear ya about the rain!!! Buckets empty try Troff's and Canals!
My Goodness!
Today's Weather was pretty Warm into the Eighties and Tomorrow is supposed to be the same! But, the forecast is Very Warm to Hot with 60 % Chance of Rain ! โ˜”
We will have to see! As the forecast has been usually for others in and around our area!!!! With no to very little to lite rain, Still waiting!๐Ÿ‘ง
Would be nice though the yard and Trees and Flowers need some desperately!
Just pulled out the long Drip sprinkle Roll in front under the hedge's!
They really are starting to look poorly! ๐Ÿ˜”

Hope you have a Wonderful day Tomorrow and the Weather is good for you
and any adventures you might be taking for the day! That is unless your looking for the rain as I am and that would be an adventure in doors! ๐Ÿ’ซHave a Great Day! ๐Ÿ‘ง
Okay, an added note is my eyes deceiving me! ๐Ÿ‘€ Your Statuette is completely white as a shadow! Like it is a cut out, in your Hummerโ€‹ two Cam! Just saying! ๐Ÿ‘ป
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19. WatchinTheSky
4:17 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
Hi LC, I think this current system passing through should prolong the desert bloom a bit and the cats were not chowing down yet! The pup seems to be enjoying the poppies :-) Our local paper had a short article on the poppies in the lake Elsinore area that were really, well, popping!

Hi WW! I really like your woodpecker shots, those checkered wings and colorful head - quite the looker :-) I hear them here, but rarely get to see them.

Hi GG :-) I think little Yeti is feeling a little frisky but he is definitely in Scooter range! I think he is just teasing Scooter for the thrill LOL

Little Yeti's nemesis!

Hi sandi, I think he is thumbing his nose at the forecast - so far he's right. But we'll see :-) I have a couple empty rain barrels under the downspouts.
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18. GardenGrrl
2:38 PM GMT on March 22, 2017
LOL Yeti getting goosed by Scooter. Maybe that is why he is hanging from the feeder.
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17. sandiquiz
11:08 AM GMT on March 22, 2017
LOL - I wondered what GG meant ... then I saw! Hope he doesn't get wet... or pinched by the Scooter!
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16. GardenGrrl
2:49 AM GMT on March 22, 2017
Hi WTS, what a great trip. Beautiful area. That had to have been one of those times when you walk around and have a few waves of those "awe" moments and all is right with the world.
I see Yeti is out late and swinging from the feeders.
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15. WeatherWise
1:30 AM GMT on March 22, 2017
My favorite shot of the day.

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14. WeatherWise
3:08 AM GMT on March 21, 2017

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13. LowerCal
12:02 AM GMT on March 21, 2017
Glad you got to catch the Borrego superbloom early and on a week day. Quite the variety. We were fortunate to catch the Death Valley superbloom of 2005. Saw people kayaking in Badwater Basin (normally salt flats) and even got to see the Death Valley pupfish breeding too!

Great photos. I hope the cats have left something when we can visit. In the meantime...
"The California Poppy bloom has started and it's amazing!"

It's not the variety of the desert blooms but on some of the south facing slopes they are like a carpet. More level areas near the preserve that are sometimes carpeted are only showing a few scattered poppies so far.
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12. WatchinTheSky
3:55 PM GMT on March 20, 2017
Hi WW, those darn weeds, always the first to arrive! I've just started mowing here, though the grass never browns, it slows down a lot over the winter.

Hugs back, Patti - pneumonia is never good, nice to hear you've turned the corner and feeling better! I'm glad you enjoyed the photos :-) Take care!

Happy Equinox to everyone! Spring for us northerners and Fall for those south of the equator.
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11. redagainPatti
7:23 AM GMT on March 20, 2017
Hugs!!! And love from Mississippi -- I have been sick inside for the last week with pneumonia .. on the better side now.. I hope. I can see the tiny flowers are blooming in my grass and yard. It was with joy I viewed your photos.. thank you for sharing
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10. WeatherWise
1:04 AM GMT on March 20, 2017
Hi WTS. I was quite surprised as I drove back into the neighborhood today to find some trees completely filled out with green leaves and yards lookin fairly green despite the big freeze for several days. Mine looks a bit rugged...patches of green and still some brown. Ha....the green is probably weeds and the brown grass that has yet to green up. However I think quite a bit was green grass. So the first mowing will be soon which means a big raking first.
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9. WatchinTheSky
11:10 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Could very well be, Ylee! More likely to live here than elephants ;-) The bloom exceeded my expectations, unusual to see the desert like that!

Hi cp! I hope you get lots of blooms for the hike! Upper desert should be a bit behind, after all, you got snow and I don't think Borrego did, LOL.

We did have a bit of a Volt fail on the way to the bloom. Will give some details after Tuesday's trip to the dealer for service.
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8. calpoppy
7:28 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
Very few flowers here:( maybe they will be a bit late. Glad you saw the super bloom! I think from your photos it was prettier then death valley last year. Much more diversity!!

I am leading my hike on the 8th I was hoping for flowers!

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7. Ylee
3:50 PM GMT on March 19, 2017
I'm thinking that's a mastodon statue.... Looks like a really nice trip! Cal ought to be ecstatic!
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6. WatchinTheSky
2:48 AM GMT on March 19, 2017
Hi BC! It was quite amazing to see. The flowers are not everywhere, but are quite thick in places. Such a change from the rocky sandy soil and washes generally seen.

Hi sandi :-) I recall hearing that there were the iron artworks in the area, wasn't expecting elephants LOL
Those hummers, so thirsty - or is it the orioles now?

Hi PSP, definitely springtime temps now 80s, low 90s in the lower desert here. Even in the mid-upper 80s at home, well above average. Fortunately, a bit of a cool down coming for next week, maybe eve below normal for a few days!!

Lovely Saint Paddy's Day cake WW! You must have remembered that my daughter was born on the 17th ;-) So she and C went off for a BD weekend and then to visit C's mom near Las Vegas. I get to stay home and hold down the fort! What would we ever do with no internet =:-O

Hey Karen, I downloaded a few 'hot spots' to check out while we were there, different places were supposed to have different types of flowers on display. But we only got to see 3 spots. I think there is a week or two left easy - especially since it will cool down a little next week. There is a concern that caterpillars will shut down the show, but they were nowhere to be found Thursday! Good luck!
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5. SBKaren
1:16 AM GMT on March 19, 2017
I have a young friend that went out to Borrego Springs last weekend. She posted a few pictures too, but yours are more detailed. I have to find a spot to go visit some wild flowers before they disappear, and I wonder if I'm already too late! I've seen quite a few postings on FB and I'm jealous of all of them!
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4. WeatherWise
12:26 AM GMT on March 19, 2017
That is amazing, WTS, isn't it? Looks like someone threw seeds all over the place and lots of them. It is amazing that this is just nature, isn't it? Thanks for sharing.

Looks like everyone has been busy while net was down for two days. For some reason WIFI was not workinng for the girls or I. My daughter's work computer setup was fine and she was not up to dealing with the rest. Her h will fix it today when he comes in.Plus even before that I have been distracted in Grannyland. Seems I was too tired when night time came.Sorry, everyone.

A Late St. Patrck's Day Delivery

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3. PugetSoundPost
10:48 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Beautiful desert bloom! I am glad that you made it out there! The lupines remind me that we get them here in our mountains, at higher elevations and there they are in the desert too! Ours will bloom probably mid summer - I am not sure exactly when, but pretty sure it will be summertime. Well, golly, it is probably summertime temps for them in your photos! Has it heated up considerably? When we were in Arizona in early Feb it was certainly very nice and pleasant, but keeping to the 80's at most (sometimes less). Not the temps then that I know are coming!
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2. sandiquiz
8:25 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
I saw the Effalump and thought you had headed to Africa!!

Those flowers are glorious. What a show all the rain has brought on.

PS - the Hummer feeders need filling! :-)
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1. BriarCraft
7:51 PM GMT on March 17, 2017
Thanks for this.

There was a story about this on the evening news recently and I was hoping you or Sharon would make it to Borrego in time to see and photograph that rare beauty. It must have really been something to behold in person.
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