Friday, April 23, 2010

Flowers and Shadows in Death Valley

I promised to show you some of the flowers we saw in Death Valley.

First I have a shadow from the Desert Gold.

There was lots of Desert Gold and the bright yellow color could be seen for quite a distance.

The Yellow Cups were not as abundant.



I saw only a few clumps of this pretty little daisey.

There were several purple/pink varieties blooming.



There was quite a bit of the Fivespot blooming at the visitor center, elswhere I saw it but not in bloom.

Above the valley floor we saw some Beaver Tail in bloom and a whate cactus in a place we could not stop. We saw what might have been Claret Cups Cactus but it was not blooming.

You can find more shadows at Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted for us by Tracy.



27 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous flowers, I love the field of desert gold. just lovely!

Tam@BloggingBradleys said...

Wow. Very nice. Thank you for sharing! That second photo is amazing.

mountain.mama said...

I just read your comment on Barb's blog and I have to agree that there is something about the inner person that shines through and attracts us to certain blogs, maybe common interests too. These are great shots! Our desert isn't blooming yet.

Paulie said...

You are such a great flower guide!

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Thank you Martha -- Beautiful all. Those golden flowers ARE absolutely amazing. I'm so glad you got to go to DV during this exact right time. Thank you for sharing the trip with us.

Carolyn Ford said...

I love them all! I especially am drawn to the Fivespot...You caught the perfect stage of bloom on that one. What a place Death Valley is...beautiful!

Ralph said...

My New England mind doesn't think of bold colors in the desert, as I have been there in the really hot summer. Yet, I hadn't considered the bloom and yellow and magenta on the desert floor. I love learning new things!

Sylvia K said...

Such gorgeous flowers and colors! I love the Beaver Tail! Death Valley is indeed beautiful! Lovely shadows they leave! Hope you have wonderful weekend, Martha!

Sylvia

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Jen said...

Great shots--I knew there was gold in them there hills!
Happy SSS to you.

Noelle said...

I love the beauty of the desert so much. The flowers of the beavertail cactus are some of my favorite.

Barb said...

Martha, You've captured such a variety of colors and species. I just love the hardy desert flowers.

bobbie said...

Really lovely shadows. Beautiful flowers in the valley of "death".

Greyscale Territory said...

Fascinating insight into the variety of these wildflowers! Beautiful photos!

Paula Scott said...

Never seen a desert five spot before! Wow! Thanks for sharing your flowers with us!

EG Wow said...

Proof that Death Valley isn't all dead. The wild flowers are very alive and so cheerful looking/

Sweet Repose said...

Desert blooms always amaze me, how they retain such a stronghold in such a desolate environment...stunning!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

I agree with Sharon at Sweet Repose. I never thought that flowers will bloom in the desert. Amazing...

These photos could be pick up in the book. How lucky your are to take those amazing views.

Love the way you post.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

purple mat spreading
like carpet on desert floor—
watch out where you walk!

Wisdom stone

Maria said...

Its always spectacular to see how beautiful flowers live in the desert! Amazing views!

Diane AZ said...

Wow, a huge field of desert gold! And, the tiny daisies and fivespots are really cute. Neat to see what's blooming in the Mojave desert.

Jazzbumpa said...

Nice shots. Many of them could also be in MELLOW YELLOW MONDAY.

Cheers!
JzB

Gaelyn said...

Such a special treat to see flowers blooming at Death Valley.

katney said...

There were absolutely no flowers when we were there in November. But the temperature was lovely. I guess it's a trade-off. Did you take the full and go down under to the workings of the castle?

SandyCarlson said...

These are really gorgeous.

Johnny Nutcase said...

those yellow cups and fivespots are just awesome looking, but all the photos are great! I love desert flowers!

happily retired gal said...

I'm always amazed at delightful to find such lovely blossoms in the desert ... your captures here are wonderful and the pelicans in the previous post marvelous. I'm not sure I've ever seen so many in one place ever before! I enjoyed the virtual tour of Scotty's Castle. It's been DECADES since I've visited Death Valley. The lovely skies and fascinating shadows you shared in other posts are amazing too. Thanks so much. Hope you have a wonderful week.
Hugs and blessings,