Red Rock Canyon Blooms (visible May 10)
This may be a shortened year for wildflowers at the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, but nobody has told them that. When you take the 13-Mile Scenic Drive out to Willow Springs you are met with flashes of colors: purple, orange, yellow, white, cream and magenta. The Apache Plume and Cliff Rose are flowering and also going to seed. Indian Paint Brush can still be seen pushing through other plants to lend its red color to the vista and the white New Mexico Thistle is still standing tall. Combine these with the dark purple of Indigo Bush, Notched Leaved Phacelia, Range Ratany and the ever present yellows of the Desert Marigold and Brittlebush, the bloom season is still something to see. Once you get to Willow Springs, you will find the Squaw bush budding and the Yerba Santa in bloom. Looking in the nooks and hollows, you can find Sacred Datura, Hairy Golden Aster and Engelmann Prickly Pear cactus blooming.
Photos by Jim Cribbs