A few years ago I took a day-trip to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park to view the desert wildflower bloom in the spring.  I had never been here before & was excited.  We crossed the mountains & the bus descended down into Anza Borrego.  There were thousands of Ocotillo cactus growing & they were in full bloom.  My first site of them from the tour bus windows was so awesome.  I spent the day viewing wild flower blooms with a Park guide, but my favorites were the Ocotillos.  

Saguero Cactus on Chinese prac paper 5-2014 WATERMARK

Here’s a Japanese brush painting of an ocotillo cactus surrounded by wild flowers.  This painting is done on Chinese calligraphy practice paper.

FYI:  The park is named for Spanish explorer Juan Bautista de Anza and the Spanish word borrego, or bighorn sheep. The park features washes, wildflowers, palm groves, cacti and sweeping vistas. Visitors may also have the chance to see roadrunners, golden eagles, kit foxes, mule deer and bighorn sheep as well as iguanas, chuckwallas and the red diamond rattlesnake. 

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