Last weekend, Vic and I camped in a group camp at Anza Borrego State Park in San Diego County with 23 other people from the Orange County Society for Conservation Biology. Seeing the peak bloom of desert wildflowers and searching for life-sized metal sculptures of prehistoric animals in Galleta Meadows made the trip extra enjoyable.
I think that the pink flower is Purple Mat, one of the so-called “belly flowers.” You have to get down on your belly to really see these tiny things.
This yellow flower may be one of the blazing stars, of which there are several species.
Many of the Phacelias have fuzzy stems that can irritate the skin or cause rashes, so be careful about handling them.
Check out this video of the caterpillar eating the plant stem. Sorry about the background noise. I was pretty close to the road.
Borrego Springs is known for its Seely Red grapefruit. We bought a bag from a local produce stand before heading home.
We drove back through the quaint old mining town of Julian, where the daffodils were in spectacular bloom. Usually we stop in town, but not this trip.
No trip to this area is complete without an apple pie from the Julian Pie Company. But they’re not made in Julian. We bought a pie to take home from where they’re made in Santa Ysabel.
Another great place to pick up a pie or turnover is Mom’s Bakery in Julian.
I love driving through the southern California farmland as well as the wildlands. On our way home, we saw horses, cattle, goats, sheep, bison, and even camels from a local camel’s milk dairy. Amazing place, this southern California.