Our next stop: Borrego Springs, California – a beautiful and remote desert location, perfect for solitude, walking, and photography.
The Park was created in part to protect the native desert bighorn sheep that can be seen (best with binoculars) high in the mountains on precarious rocky slopes. The Park is also well known as a great place to view desert wildflowers blooming in early spring.
Only a few blooms had been spotted, but we decided to start looking for those early flowers.
We kept looking down in hopes of seeing the tiny wildflowers. We saw so few that we had to conclude that maybe we were in the wrong location for other wildflowers.
Only one plant we know looks like this. The century plant (Agave Americana) only blooms once, at the end of its 10-30 year lifespan. The flowering stalk can be up to 25-30 feet tall (8-9 meters).
What a glorious sight! And, hey, we were looking for blooming wildflowers. We’d spent so much time looking down for those very small flowers that we’d almost missed one of the most amazing blooms of the desert.
When we looked at the landscape around us, we could see other century plants, too. When you think about one bloom for each plant, every 10-30 years, then you know that it’s not an every day sighting of a century plant in full bloom. How wonderful is that?!
Wow, these are simply stunning photos. A well timed visit.
Love the winter desert – looks like you are seeing and enjoying every part of it!
Yep, here in Borrego. Great shots! Did you eat at Carlees?
Yes. Big portions! Good eating. Took a lot home.
I’d say, Very wonderful! How fascinating to learn about this and to have the chance to see these very special plants.
I always think of cacti (succulents in general) as nature’s sculptures. How extraordinary they are, and how well you have shown their lines & textures. Thanks!
That’s rather lovely! 🙂
Beth and Joe, do you think this mystery plant in my post is a century plant? https://theeternaltraveller.wordpress.com/2016/02/21/mystery-on-maui/
We’re not plant experts, but, to us, it does look like one.
How lucky. It always pays to look up.
Good timing! What a pleasant place to be in early spring.