With the Sonoran desert wildflower bloom taking it’s last breath photographers are starting to look elsewhere for their fix of colorful flowers. Weather around Moab has been strange, to say the least, and the wildflowers are just now starting to brave the crapshoot that is our current climate. With temperatures hovering at 80 degrees one day and 60 the next plants, creatures and humans alike are all at a loss as to what to expect.
Today I wandered out to Arches NP for a sunrise shoot. Along the way I stopped to record some of the early bloomers with my iPhone camera. These photos have no artistic value. They are for reference only so you’ll know what to expect if you show up in Moab tomorrow. Don’t do that, though. The nightmare that is the annual car show is in town and if you’re wise you’ll stay far, far away while doctors, lawyers and rednecks drive their hot rods up and down Main St. for hours on end, occasionally slipping into their teenage years as they light up the tires all the way across an intersection. On a state highway. Soooooo not legal. Sooooo totally silly.
I should know the names of all these flowers. Sadly, I don’t. I can only name one of them. If you’re a better naturalist than I you are cordially invited to share your knowledge in the comments. And now, the snapshots.