Every year when I get down this way I start getting inquires about the famous desert wildflower bloom – so I thought I would provide an update. The fact I’m not posting a photo of wildflowers probably says it all.
I have had my running shoes on and have been exploring many of the canyons and past “hot spots” over the last few days. I have found a few blooms here and there, some chuparosa, a few cactus, desert agave (century plant and lots of oc – just enough options for my workshop this weekend), but by and large, there really aren’t any wildflowers this year. The sign at the visitor center sums it up well. The water year begins here on July 1. For the last two years, the year to date rainfall for this area has been right about 7.5 inches. This year it sits at just over 2 inches – and about 1/4 of that has fallen since we have arrived which is probably too late.
For those that are adventurous, there are a few wildflowers near water sources, mainly Borrego Palm Canyon and Coyote Canyon.
Fortunately, there are plenty of other things to see and photograph in Anza-Borrego beside just the wildflowers!