posted a sunset picture that reminded me of this one I took @bigbendranchsp
the first night we camped at Vista Del Bofecilios. I remember that night as the sun started to set the wind picked up and we huddled around the fire. We had no idea the winter weather that would follow, so we were free to enjoy the 360° views and never-ending sunset.
I doubt there are any bad campsites at #bbrsp
, but I thought this one was particularly good. In the city a sunset is a brief thing, but when you can see for miles it’s an ongoing experience that just keeps giving remarkable views.
Desert plants are fascinating. Some endure extreme temperature swings, have to deal with many months of no water to then suddenly have too much. Ever since I read about ocotillo, I was fascinated by them. Their family, Fouquieriaceae is unlike any other. They are bizarre, semi-succulent plants with heavy spines, tiny leaves, and wonderful red flowers. Those red, tube like flowers que us into the fact that their main pollinators are hummingbirds (red is a good color to attract them). Because they often bloom after rain, they are a semi-dependable source of food Ocotillo is the most northerly of the family of 11 species and I am happy any chance I get to see them. I was surprised to see them in bloom and with leaves this December in Anza Borrego but that was simply because it rained. They are champions of navigating ephemeral rains, which means leaves drop off when there’s not enough water to photosynthesize, and blooms show up to take advantage of windows to reproduce. As a result their pollinators, hummingbirds like Costa’s Hummingbirds (which I saw a lot of in Anza Borrego), stick around. Ocotillo never find themselves blooming ineffectually and hummingbirds (as well as other pollinators like carpenter bees), don’t miss out on food. I am stunned by their zebra stripes and the way they light up a monochromatic landscape. I'm still getting through all my images from San Diego. What an amazing part of the world.
After I visited Joshua Tree National Park the last time, I wrote about the ocotillo plant in my blog. I said the ocotillo looked like nothing more than a collection of dead sticks. Being a deciduous shrub, they can shed their leaves four or five times a year as the ground dries out. Today I found a few plants still holding on to leaves in a deep red fall colour. With the rains of the past two days, they'll soon be turning green again. What a picture of resilience and adaptability! Follow the link in my bio to read more about lessons from the desert.