The Desert Still Blooms

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Photo by Emma Velchek

Ocotillos without the bright green look of the stem would look like nothing but a dead tree. These fascinating plants can grow to be 6-15 feet tall.

The natural beauty of the Earth always ceases to amaze those who really appreciate it.  

With week eight of school closure underway, all students can think about is homework, missing friends, but most importantly summer. No one can wait for quarantine to be over, but Mother Nature is enjoying the delay of work in big factories and pollution.

With all the recent rain and sunshine, flowers are blooming everywhere. Being in Southern California means having the ability to see all different kinds of flowers, from daisies in our own backyards to the various desert flowers out towards the east.  

The Desert Bloom, also known as the wildflower bloom, usually occurs from late February and lasts until the beginning of April. Previous years brought a “super bloom”, which is when the ground is immersed in wildflowers.  Some of the best places to see the bloom are Anza-Borrego National Park, Joshua Tree National Park and Death Valley National Park.

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  • The Desert Sunflower lives up to its name blooming bright yellow during the annual desert bloom. This wildflower can cover miles of the desert.

    Photo by Emma Velchek

  • Ocotillo flowers are known for their red-fiery look. Ocotillos can also be known as flaming sword and candlewood.

    Photo by Emma Velchek

  • The beautiful purple-pinkish flower is also known as the Sand Verbena. This wildflower can cover miles of ground along the roadsides of the desert.

    Photo by Emma Velchek

  • It may not seem like it, but the prickly succulent known Cholla Cactus can jump. Weak parts of the plants will detach themselves to ensure the safety of the cactus.

    Photo by Emma Velchek

  • This tree is not like any old tree. It’s called a Palo Verde, meaning green stick, referring to the tree’s green trunk.

    Photo by Emma Velchek

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