Bee in a desert sunflower

A bee in a desert sun­flower, Coy­ote Creek.

Borrego Springs shop­keep­ers pre­pared as well as they could to han­dle the vis­i­tors expect­ed to drop in for the Bor­rego Val­ley wild­flow­ers of 2017.  Based in part on weath­er pre­dic­tions of lots of rain, which turned out to be fair­ly accurate–and lessons of the past, name­ly the 2005–2006 rainy sea­son which had brought tens of thou­sands to the town’s restau­rants and stores–fears for a repeat brought about care­ful prepa­ra­tions.

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Wildflower traffic

Traf­fic at 100x nor­mal on High­way 78 to see the wild­flow­ers, March 11, 2017.

Yet, already by mid-March, the lib­er­al­ly planned-for reserves were being deplet­ed.  What has been most sur­pris­ing has been bumper-to-bumper traf­fic snarls on the four access roads enter­ing and leav­ing town, even dur­ing mid-week.

If you are look­ing for a rem­e­dy to the crowds, arrive as ear­ly as you can, includ­ing mid­week vis­its, but pre­pare your­self for lines at the restau­rants at any time.

As April approach­es, the “peak” is thought to have been passed for the mas­sive swaths of flow­ers in Bor­rego Val­ley, but oth­er blooms are just begin­ning such as the cac­ti and flow­ers at the high­er ele­va­tions of the Anza Bor­rego State Park, like Blair Val­ley. 

The pho­tos on this page were tak­en in mid-March, 2017.  Click on any pho­to below to enter man­u­al slide show.


Pho­tos below by Bar­bara Swan­son

Pho­tos below by Lee McComb


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Borrego Wildflowers, 2017 — 1 Comment

  1. Won­der­ful images. Wish we were there to join you two! Favorites: Desert Lily, cater­pil­lar, Desert Five Spot and land­scape scene of “Bud­ding Sun­flow­ers”.

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