The following photos were taken on a Saturday afternoon, March 26.  I went on a five mile hike and kept shooting anything interesting in sight.  Out of 159 photos that I took, these are the ones I choose to share with you.  Please notice as I have, that the desert is very humble and some of the flowers are barely noticeable, the cacti excepted.  I tried to retain the perspective of how small things are.  One cactus like plant had flowers barely a quarter inch (.6cm) across.  All of these flowers were photographed while hiking from my camp site, up a dry wash, approximately three miles long.  Side note of caution; The desert around this camp site is inhabited by really nasty fly like bugs that bite.  This happened to me once before when I was shortcutting across the desert in a previous visit.  You don't notice the bites but they bother you enough to keep shooing the bugs off.  The next day,  I was covered with itchy welts on every piece of exposed skin.  Like mosquito bites but much worse and much more persistent and bothersome.  My advice is, if you traverse any desert, make sure every square inch of skin is protected.  I don't know if "Off" works or not.  I do know if they can't get to your skin, they can't bite you.  They don't bite through clothes like mosquito's can.  Their more fly like then mosquito like.

First, some critters:

Hippity Hop, a Brush Rabbit (Sylvilagus bachmani) aka Cotton Tail.  I think he is going to hide some Easter Eggs, don't you know?


Perky, isn't he?  We probably wouldn't ask for the volume to be turned up, if we had ears like his.  Sitting at the entrance to Mesquite Springs Camp Ground.


A Bushtit.  Just teasing, I really have no idea.  Probably a female Sparrow judging from the size and drab colors.


A dinosaur.


Now it looks like a real Dinosaur.


An older White Crowned Sparrow (Zonotrichia leucophrys).


A Hooded Oriole (Icterus cucullatus)   Located in the Death Valley Mesquite Springs camp ground I stayed at. I photographed it as I was leaving the morning of March 27.


Same Oriole, different view.  Such a brilliant color.  Side note, they are supposedly distant relatives of the Black Bird.  Makes sense to me as they are similar in size.

Are you ready for some desert Flora?  They are mostly of different flowers but some were worth repeating.  36 photos to view.  Email me if you have identification for any of these flowers:

Not all flower displays have to be grand.  This one is one of my favorites because of it's lightly stated presence.





A "Desert Five Spot" flower,  (Mallow Eremalche)


Also a "Desert Five Spot" flower,  (Mallow Eremalche)


They look like flowers to me?


Cotton Balls?


Wild Canterburybell (Phacelia campanularla)

Same as above.





Creosote Bush


Colenda (Tiquilia plicata)





Beaver Tail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris) This and the following cacti with different shaded flowers, very special.  Most of the cacti that I saw, are like the following photo but the above photo was a rare color variation and my only find.


More Beaver Tail


ditto


MOTS


I can never tire of showing the Beaver Tail Cactus.

















Can you spot the diminutive white flowers?


Now can you spot the diminutive white flowers?


Third photo of the same plant with the tiniest of full formed  flowers.





A bad hair day.














Mojave Pygmy Poppy





 

         

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