I have been planning a trip to Homer, Alaska, to photograph bald eagles for some time and that trip is now just around the corner. So, my thoughts had been focused on getting ready for that new adventure. Meanwhile, a note on my calendar reminded me to check how the spring wildflower bloom was proceeding. Normally that bloom would occur in late March or early April and I had somewhat planned on going to the desert to photograph wildflowers at that time. Much to my surprise, then, I learned that the rains we enjoyed in February, followed by the warm spell, had resulted in early germination of wildflower seeds and that the desert around Borrego Springs was actually starting to bloom.
Obviously I could not wait until I returned from Alaska to photograph these emerging desert spring flowers. I had to do it now, before leaving. A quick trip was called for. So, I packed my camera gear and headed for Borrego Springs early last Friday for just one day of shooting. The quick trip turned out better than I expected. Over the last few years, I had become conditioned to the lack of spring flowers in Borrego so seeing the pallet of color that confronted me along Henderson Canyon Road was a wonderful surprise. This quick, one day trip resulted in some very nice images as can be seen in my latest gallery.