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[*] posted on 3-7-2017 at 09:20 PM
Baja blooms


The spring flowers in central Baja this year are the best I have ever seen. Southern Baja is a dessicated brown mess but between Guerrero Negro and San Felipe any short hike off the highway is like visiting a botanical garden. Any help with exact species id would be appreciated!

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[*] posted on 3-7-2017 at 09:24 PM


Found this guy while crawling around. Anyone know it`s name?

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[*] posted on 3-7-2017 at 09:26 PM


It was nice of the Mexican D.O.T. to plant these roadside flowers!

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[*] posted on 3-7-2017 at 09:29 PM


SNAKE!!!!
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[*] posted on 3-7-2017 at 10:14 PM


Slim?



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[*] posted on 3-7-2017 at 10:30 PM


I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT, I LOVE IT !!

Being a desert rat my whole life I've been blessed by being in a couple of '100-year blooms' from the Colorado Plateau to Baja, and it is truly spectacular. The purple carpeting you have in the first pics are Verbena. Purple Verbena. On the CO plateau there is Fragrant Sand Verbena which is white and blossoms open at dusk and actually exhale, which the purple variety don't. The fragrance is intoxicating. Once, in March heading slowly north from Mulege Baja was in total bloom everywhere like your pics. Went into BOLA and it was a 'carpet bloom' where a square mile was solid colors everywhere in the valleys on the way in and out. MAGICAL !!! I guided many years doing whitewater on the CO plateau, and if the Big Bloom was on after a trip i'd hit the desert for a week with my camera to try to capture the magic, but alas, not having the skills wasted tons of 35mm film shooting during mid-day. Between the Verbena and Sacred Datura (Moonflower, Jimson Weed) and seas of color for miles and miles with Arches Park in the background or equal backdrops, the Baja bloom was as good as any.

Thanks for the memories. Haven't seen one in too long now. :bounce:




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[*] posted on 3-8-2017 at 02:57 PM











I would love for our front yard garden to always look so nice!

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[*] posted on 3-8-2017 at 03:36 PM


I think this is the purple flower...

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[*] posted on 3-8-2017 at 04:10 PM


The snake is a gopher snake.



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[*] posted on 3-8-2017 at 04:15 PM


Yuppers, that's Verbena. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Verbena

Up on the Colorado Plateau is a different kind... Fragrant Sand Verbena. It's white, the flowers close up during the day and open at early dusk, and exhale the sweetest scent I have ever enjoyed. Great shot. :coolup:




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[*] posted on 3-8-2017 at 06:26 PM


Sorry Woody, I think that the snake is a black racer, gophers are more brown
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[*] posted on 3-8-2017 at 06:33 PM


Marv, I don't think this Black Racer looks anything like the photo above: https://search.yahoo.com/yhs/search?p=black+racer&ei=UTF...



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[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 09:34 AM


Thanks for the input. I`ll start another thread with another pic to get a wider audience.
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[*] posted on 3-9-2017 at 09:57 PM


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[*] posted on 3-10-2017 at 08:10 AM


Bahia Asuncion is carpeted with the Verbana.....exotic results from some big rains a month ago...and it has a lovely fragrance....subtle, but lovely.



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