Friday flowers…Joshua Tree spring

Posted: March 24, 2023 in flowers, Nature
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The decision to go through Joshua Tree turned out to be a beautiful choice, what I’d hoped for, and much more interesting than another drive along the whole stretch of Interstate 10. My dream was for wildflowers but I came in from the northwest, home to the Joshua trees for which the park is named in the Mojave Desert which is higher and cooler. As I drove farther, I descended into the Colorado desert, home to creosote, palo verde, ocotillo, ironwood, and other plants more like where we live in Arizona…and wildflowers. Both deserts are beautiful but the wildflowers are in the Colorado part of the park. There were drifts of flowers of all sorts but not like in Ohio, where the flowers nestled among grass. Here the flowers, although profuse, stand mostly alone. They were still breath-takingly, heart-achingly lovely. I felt the clutch in my heart around every curve.

“Wildflowers aren’t meant to be cut and tamed. They’re meant to be loved and admired.” – Anthony T. Hincks

“To those whom the tree, the birds, the wildflowers represent only locked-up dollars have never known or really seen these things.” – Edwin Way Teale

“Here’s the thing about wildflowers—they take root wherever they are, grow strong through the wind, rain, pain, sunshine, blue skies, and starless nights they dance, even when it seems there is nothing worth dancing for they bloom with or without you.” – Alisha Christensen

  1. Ally Bean says:

    The colors are so intense. I love this photo and the quotes to go with it.

  2. beth says:

    so beautiful

  3. Sue says:

    How lovely! I love to see an abundance of wild flowers, but so rarely do now

  4. tobyo says:

    Such a beautiful blue/purple!!

  5. I
    Thank you for reminding me that I need to see the spring flowers of the southwest.

  6. There’s a beautiful natural bouquet! I love those colors together.

  7. Maria says:

    Joshua Tree is spectacular in the spring! Thank you for sharing.

  8. Jet Eliot says:

    Oh so fantastic to see your wildflowers from Joshua Tree, Janet. I love that we both posted on JT this week, and I love knowing the wildflowers are decorating the landscape where snow and ice fell just weeks earlier when I was there. Such a joy to have this park in our midst.

  9. Prior... says:

    Enjoyed the post and the many quotes were so enriching

  10. Resa says:

    They call them weeds in the suburbs.
    Some have had to fight in court to keep their wildflower yards.
    They have been winning on the grounds of pollinator gardens.
    I love them. We have Milkweed for the Monarchs in our yard.

    • I’m happy to read that. We had milkweed in our yard in Naperville although I suspect it all got taken out either by the owner or the next tenants. It does have an alarming tendency to proliferate. 😁

      • Resa says:

        Yes, it does proliferate. Good thing, because the monarchs need it, and we need the monarchs. They’re the second biggest pollinators next to bees. ❦❦❦❦

  11. Wind Kisses says:

    And I think it will peak this week.