Anza Borrego received a fair amount of rain this winter, and if the temperature doesn’t drop below freezing, we should have an incredible display of wildflowers this springtime. To watch the transformation of sand dunes in the harsh and arid desert become a garden of endless wildflowers, with color extending as far as the eye can see, will bring out the need to do a happy dance to even the most dull minded individual. It is still too early to predict with any accuracy, but the desert is greening up and I am hoping that in a couple of weeks, we should know for sure. I have already posted many beautiful photographs of purple and white Verbena, Dune Primrose, Desert Sage, Brittlebush, and one of my favorites, Desert Dandelions in earlier posts, so I thought I would show off some cactus flowers that I found from the previous spring. Anza Borrego could very well have one of those “every ten years” or so bonanza blooms!. A bumper crop of wild flowers that will draw photographers, caterpillars and the migratory Swanson’s Hawk that feed on the caterpillars by the thousands. The Red Ocotillo have already sprouted their waxy green leaves that seem to grow overnight and are necessary before the red/ orange flower explodes at the top of the stalks. This is a time of high anticipation and excitement for Anza Borrego Desert State Park. But in the meantime, Callie will sleep the day away in preparation for all the drama soon to come. We are going to try and RV to Death Valley this coming spring too!