Short Canyon, flanks of the Sierra awash in color
The beauty of Short Canyon is that a very short walk from the trail head to the top of the first hill will get you the best of the bloom.
Indian Paintbrush easily screams for attention in a display of vibrant red
The California poppy's are off the chart this year. Don't go out too early or you will find them curled up and sleeping.
I call this one my "Monet shot"
A view from my final perch on this morning. Carolyn is climbing the hill.
Driving up Highway 14 toward Sand Canyon, I am once again taken with the colors displayed on the flanks of the Sierra
A wonderful surprise and rare treat to run across a desert tortoise. The smile on his face belies his joy at the super bloom.
The hills are alive, with the sound of music. Mellow Yellow, quite rightly.
The upper slopes of Grapevine Canyon
Exploring for the perfect composition really helps to focus the vision. Time well spent.
Sometimes the subject is only the color. Another Monet shot.
Final shot of the day is Carolyn heading home on the horizon. The clouds rivaled the flora momentarily for my attention toward composition.
Lots of yellow lining the upper ridges along the way into Indian Wells Canyon
The prize is worth the effort.
The Wizard of Oz comes to mind amid all these poppy's. One does not want to fall asleep though. Too many Cholla cactus to roll over on.
The road less traveled
subtle purples beckoned me beyond
Even the Joshua Trees are in full bloom
... and I have never seen blooms such as these on a Joshua Tree
Carpets of color and an occasional variant holding their ground against insurmountable odds
What would Van Gogh see?