When spring in the southwest desert is rainy, it truly makes for great weather with clear skies and oh so green mountain sides with lots of wildflowers blooms. Compared to Florida, the rain showers are minimal, often an inch or less in the valley. However, the mountains get a lot more rain and snow as beautiful clouds make their way north east.
I believe this is the first spring in several years the desert received such plentiful rains and we all know how much the southwest needs it. The catch phrase around here is “nature threw us a lifeline” and everyone is grateful for it. The reservoir is full again and everyone is breathing a sigh of relief.
I am fortunate to live close to hiking trails and made plenty use of them hiking several times a week. Much of the time the iPhone is my camera of choice, but, a few times I took my “big girl” Sony camera with me and happy I did. It was well worth toting it the distance and elevation to some of my favorite spots. Actually, it was truly a spiritual experience seeing and capturing the transformation of nature before my very eyes. I have hiked the Bogert Trail in Palm Springs many times, but the visual of the green was magical.
When viewing the images below, try to visualize the landscape in multi shades of tan, brown and gray and maybe you will have a spiritual experience also.
Images from the Trail
The weather is beginning to warm and many of the wildflowers are still holding on, but the grasses are turning brown. I know what the future holds for them as summer weather approaches with it’s 100 plus degree temperatures. For now, I’ll savor the beautiful spring in the desert that I am lucky to experience.