More rain than usual has has led to a beautiful desert spring.
We cantered over the sand hills, stopping often to admire the flowers.
Prickly pear cactus are blooming all over the desert. Some are pink ...
and some are yellow.
We didn't recognize this plant with its unusual flowers and had to look it up. It's spiny hop-sage (Grayia Spinosa). The male and female flowers are found on separate plants. The one above is female, which has brighter colors.
This is a nearby hop-sage bush with the less colorful male flowers. I'm holding one of the pink female flowers to demonstrate the difference.
Big game and livestock browse on these plants. Native Americans ground the dried seeds to make flour. Did we outrun the rain again? Well... almost. We only got a little wet.
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