Desert Sunflowers or Desert Gold, along Henderson Canyon Road, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, California. This is looking up toward Coyote Canyon at sunset.
In 2005, when I heard about the amazing desert bloom, I quickly caught a flight from Alaska and lived out of a rental car for 6 weeks as I traveled around the and photographed the Desert Southwest. The one place I was sorry to have missed seeing were the fields of Desert Sunflowers on Henderson Canyon Road – By the time I got down here in February, a rainstorm had pretty much wiped them out.
So when we arrived in Borrego 3 weeks ago, this was the first place I went. But 3 weeks ago, there wasn’t a single flower in this field, it was all green. It really has undergone an amazing transformation in the past couple of weeks, mostly in just the past week.
The best news; most of the plants have one, maybe two blooms, and about five buds ready to bloom, so I think it is going to get even better in the days to come!
It is interesting how the timing of the bloom varies from year to year. In 2005, this area was wonderful during the first couple of weeks of February, this year it will be an entire month later.