High Desert Memories - A Hometown Journal Commemorating Ridgecrest California
  There were times when I lived on the desert when you couldn't walk anywhere outside without killing something.  The wildflowers and spring plants were so thick they were unavoidable.  I remember the beauty of those collected blooms of a myriad of wildflowers strewn helter skelter all over the desert floor.  What a sight that was to see. As we drove from our home on the dirt roads down to the highway the prevalent colors would change from area to area from yellow to light blue, to pink to white and then deep purple.  Coriopsis, Indian Paintbrush, Desert Candles, Asters, Lupine, and a myriad of other flowers too numerous to name.   What a wonderful sight to see. 

   This appearance was brief lasting only two to three weeks and then the desert returned to its normal brown, dry and sandy state.  At least for a while we saw the artists palette that was wrought by nature..
Buttercup
  Baby Blue Eyes
  Aster
  Black Eyed Susan
  Dandelion
  Abnew
  Desert Bird of Paradise
  Indian Paintbrush
Beavertail Cactus
bloom
  Desert Gold
  Chicory
Trumpet
  Pink Phlox
  Suncup
  Phacelia
  Desert Sunflower
  Lupine
lGilia
  Wild Onion
  Parrygilia
  Panamint Daisy
Desert
Pincushion
  Sand Verbena
  Desert Primrose
California
Poppy
  See what I mean??  It would be impossible to walk on that desert floor without killing somethiing living!!!
  When the wildfowers are out you can certainly see them from the highways but if you want to see them in their natural habitat and in their varying natural states  get out on some of those dirt roads and do some exploring.
  Desert Mallow
The Desert in Bloom
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