Posted by: Sandy Steinman | March 15, 2019

Joshua Tree and Anza-Borrego Wildflowers 3/14/19

submitted by Spencer Westbrook
Photo by Spencer Westbrook
I returned home yesterday after a multi-day outing to Joshua Tree National Park and Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Joshua Tree southern entrance, Cottonwood Springs Road off the I-10, at lower elevation, was one of the best displays of low desert wildflowers I have seen in my 35 years of photography. The variety, quality, and quantity of the bloom is amazing and I recommend wildflower enthusiasts take advantage of the display. I did rain overnight on Monday, 3/11-3/12 so the bloom should be at peak for another week unless temperatures soar.
Anza Borrego was good. I had been there two weeks previously and the bloom had improved somewhat but given a choice, Joshua Tree is THE place to go.
I’ll plan to return in 3 weeks or so to photograph cactus blooms, probably in Blair Valley in Anza Borrego.
Regarding the spectacular poppy display along the I-15 at Lake Elsinore, the hot spot is the Lake Street exit however, there was a line of cars on the shoulder of the highway perhaps 1/4-3/8 miles long waiting to exit and the hills were swarming with people. I traveled north to the next exit, Indian Truck Trail then backtracked on the frontage road to a spot where there were plenty of poppies, perhaps 15-20 cars and maybe 30-40 people.
Photo by Spencer Westbrook

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