A Storm for all Seasons

Anza Borrego Desert State Park had the storm of all storms last night. We had a steady rain all day long and during the night; it poured. It sounded like rain pounding on the roof of a house perched on a tropical island. Sheets of water fell from the sky and the wind howled and screeched and the desert was flooded with much needed rain-water. This storm probably helped replenish the water to the aquifer and that is very encouraging to me.  There has been concern that the citrus farmers are depleting the water to the extent that in 50 years, the aquifer could run dry. The wildflowers are growing like weeds and with a full week of sunshine predicted, they should unfurl within the next week or so. The super tiny Onyx Plant and Popcorn Flower are the first to bloom and you will see patches of white if you look really close to the ground. They are referred to as a belly flower because you have to get down low and sometimes crawl on your stomach to appreciate them. Woody Bottle Washer and Purple and White Verbena are just now poking their heads out from the sand and I am hoping that within a week the sand dunes will be covered with blossoms. Brittle Brush are sweeping the carpet of green with a blend of bright and pale yellow and the foothills behind the house were golden this morning. To see the color green along the saturated hillside is a first for me. It has never rained this much in the 10 years that I have been taking photographs of Anza Borrego. And what a beautiful morning to live in the desert! There is snow on the Santa Rosa Mountains and everything is fresh and clean. What a great way to start the day! Callie of course takes it all in stride by hanging out on the rocking chair, soaking up the sunshine and relaxing on this fine and chilly morning. She had a big night last night with all the commotion from the rain. Time for her to sleep the morning away…

One thought on “A Storm for all Seasons

  1. Gayle February 28, 2017 / 8:24 pm

    Beautifully written Joan. Can’t wait to visit

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