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Anza-Borrego, Part Three. April 24, 2009

Posted by littlebangtheory in Art and Nature.
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Talk about milking a gig – Part Three, and I may not even be done yet!

This place was a trip, a real challenge for a New England boy, used to forested hills and fields of green.  We had approached Anza-Borrego Desert State Park from the east, driving up out of the Salton Sea, which looked completely uninhabitable to me, then gaining a little elevation into a bowl of desert surrounded by mountains.

They weren’t particularly large until you contemplate their passage.  On foot.

The valley bottom was riddled with shallow “canyons,” drainages where the seasonal rains would gather to grow green things in an otherwise brown world:

A-B canyon with chickory

This desert chickory was cool, having a diferent light than our bluish Eastern version:

desert chickory close-up

And the washes, despite their dry sand surfaces, were awash with Spring:

canyon sunflowers

Climbing up out of the drainages, the desert assumed the angularity of a landscape hewn by the wind:


These lilies were amazing – I loved the tight kinks of their leaves and the intensity of their white blossoms:

lil lily

Frau B suggested that we check out an area promisingly known as the Desert Garden, which proved to be an excellent call:

blue flowers

Blue agaves provided the appropriate punctuation to this landscape of light:

agave stem

…and were in turn accented by an array of wildflowers:


lying skeletons

Chuparosas and ocotillos punctuated the scene, dancing in the wind as we waited to shoot between the stronger gusts:


Eventually it got so windy that we didn’t know whether to hang onto our cameras or our hats:

lizz's hat

…so we packed it up and headed back north.

But that’s another post!


1. sherry - April 24, 2009

so many flowers!

2. Frau Biergut - April 24, 2009

I was actually waaaaaaaaaaay happier than my photo would suggest.


3. kkryno - April 24, 2009

Oh, I just love the photo of The Desert Garden!


Keep ’em coming, Ralph. They are all beautiful.

4. Jane R - April 25, 2009

Boy, I haven’t been here in too long!


Happy spring to you! Just read about five posts and it sounds like you’ve been having quite a time!

5. Frau Biergut - April 25, 2009

I have finally put some of the images I shot up on my website


You’re even in there!


6. Frau Biergut - April 25, 2009

Oh yeah, look in the “New Work” portfolio


7. Tengrain - April 26, 2009

So groovey that you got out west.



8. littlebangtheory - April 26, 2009

Sherry, Vikki, Jane, Ten – great to hear from you, and glad you liked the photos.

Lizz, WOW! I love the juxtapositions of the blooming desert with the frozen New England coastline. Fabulous!

9. susan - April 28, 2009

I can’t believe the two of you were there less than a month. Amazing work from you both.

10. littlebangtheory - April 29, 2009

Susan, it was just over a week!

So yeah, we kept pretty busy. 🙂

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