2007 Wildflower Conditions, Anza Borrego, California.

Ron Niebrugge Anza-Borrego, California, Photos, Travel 2 Comments

Anza-Borrego Badlands

Update:  Go here for 2008 wildflower conditions in Anza-Borrego

This photo of the badlands pretty much sums up this years current wildflower conditions – it is a tad early, but things look bleak. 

Earlier this month, Borrego had a number of days where temperatures dropped below freezing.  This unusually cold weather is typically hard on the desert wildflowers. 

But far more detrimental then the freezing weather is the lack of rain.  From July 1 to January 28th two years ago, when I captured these photos of Anza Borrego, the area had received 12.31 inches of rain.  Last year was much dryer, this area had received 7.09 inches of rain during the same period, and I believe most of that came in the late summer and fall.  From July 1 to January 28th this year, Borrego has only received .28 inches of rain!  It is threatening to rain today, and we received a few sprinkles last night, but most people seem to think it is too little, too late for this year.

Update:  Wouldn’t you know it, a few hours after I posted this, it started to rain here in Borrego.  It may not be enough for the wildflowers, but this area could sure use a little moisture.

Comments 2

  1. Hey Ron, great pictures! I just found your blog via your mom’s! 🙂 Great work. I love looking at the AK pictures – I am soooo homesick right now. And you are so right about CA not getting the rain we need – I live in the southern Sierras at the 4200 foot elevation and we just are not getting the rain and snow we need. Will make for a scary fire season if it doesn’t change.

    Take care and keep up the great work!

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    Hi Laurie,

    Great to hear from you – what a nice surprise!

    James Ross called last summer from Korea out of the clear blue, and he said you had moved out of Alaska. I can totally understand being homesick – I lived in California for a couple of years and really began to miss Alaska. Funny, you don’t realize what a unique place it is until you leave.

    I hope all is well and thanks for the kind words!

    Ron

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