We were up at dawn ready to head north on any back road that looked intriguing. The destination didn't matter--the only expectation was to find wildflowers! I love getting up with no idea what lies ahead, so off we went...
We heard the birds before we rounded the corner..and then, hundreds of black birds. We scared most of them of driving by. I would have liked to record their warbling--maybe those soothing sounds would help my sleepless nights.
These are the first and only wildflowers I found on this trip! Just the three poppies in bloom. What a disappointment. We just didn't get enough rain this winter to give us a spectacular display like last year.
The prickly pear cactus is growing uphill. It is rooted in the rock only on the bottom pad, and the top half is airborne! Looks like it is trying to climb the side of the hill. Maybe it's trying to find some top soil to root. Spunky little prickly pear!
After traveling over 4 hours (3 hours of hard 4-wheeling) and only making it 35 miles, we decided to call it a day! Another 4 hours back--ugh!--I didn't get a lot of photos as I was mostly interested in staying alive! I couldn't get out of the truck--couldn't climb through the gulches, ravines and rocks going uphill. I kept my eyes closed most of the way. Good thing Hubby kept his eyes open or we could have ended up like the vehicle in the top photo! We will find a better way to go next weekend. I am determined to find those elusive wildflowers!
to have enjoy'd the sun
to have lived light in the spring
to have loved, to have thought, to have done?