ANZA - BORREGO DESERT

Richard Schilk, our naturalist guide for the hike. We were highly impressed by his vast knowledge of the flora, fauna and geology of the region, as well as his massive collection of field guides and equipment.

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Desert Scrub of Anza Borrego

Desert Agave (Agave deserti)

Mojave Yucca (Yucca shidigera)

Silver Cholla (Cylindropuntia echinocarpa)

Flowering body of Silver Cholla (Cylindropuntia echinocarpa)

Teddy Bear Chollo Cactus (Cylindropuntia bigelovii)

Hedgehog Cactus (Echinocereus engelmannii)

Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

Flowering body of Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens)

Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris)

 

Desert Wild Flowers

Parish's Golden Eyes (Viguiera parishii)

Desert Poppy (Eschscholzia parishii)

Desert Calico (Loeseliastrum matthewsii)

Desert Monkeyflower (Mimulus bigelovii)

Pima Rhatany (Krameria erecta)

California Juniper (Juniperus californica)

Orange Caloplaca (Caloplaca sorediella)

Lemon-yellow Acarospora (Acarospora schleicheri)

Chartreuse Acarospora (Acarospora chlorophana)

Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Sandmat (Chamaesyce albomaginata)

Red-Stem Storksbill (Erodium cicutarium)

Four-wing Saltbush (Artripex canescens)

Mesquite (Prosopis glandulosa)

Chia (Salvia columbariae)

Apricot Mallow (Sphaeralcea ambigua)

Creosote Bush (Larreda tridentata) with a Midge Gall

Mormon Tea (Ephedra nevadensis)

Catclaw Acacia (Acacia greggii)

 

Richard, Allan, Ryan and me (taking the picture) take a lunch break in the "Kumeyaay Condo"

A Wolf Spider moments before a wasp killed it.

Allan scans the dry lake bed, searching for meteorites.

 

 

 

Much More to Come............