SAN DIEGO NATIVE WILD FLOWERS – A series of watercolor botanical & landscape illustrations of the wild flowers that bloomed all over the coast after a wonderful winter rainy season that ended a 10-year drought. I spent a few weeks driving up and down the coast photographing all the wild flowers blooming. My latest addition is the blooming Prickly Pear Cactus, but it all started with the clouds of Wild Mustard flowers taking over the bluffs & lagoons. I carry this beauty in my heart.
After winter rains, it is time for the wild flowers to in the Anza Borrego Desert. Some years there may be no wild flower bloom at all & other years the blooming flowers may be spectacular. This makes seeing these wild flowers very special. No one knows which ones will bloom, if they bloom at all.
These flowers are Desert Dandelion & Golden Poppies & when they bloom as a group, the desert floor is a carpet of yellow wild flowers.
The Desert Lily is one of these lovely wild flower gems to search for. I love lilies & the graceful arching serrated leaves are lovely as they lay against the desert floor.
Some of the flowers are lovely shades of purples & pinks, too. The wild flower on the left is Sand Verbena. I think the one on the right is Larkspur.
What would a desert landscape be without cactus? These are Barrel Cactus. There are all kinds of wild flowers & cactus. I think a lifetime study of these would be required to know all of their names, especially since they don’t bloom every year!
This cactus is called a Teddy Bear Cactus. I don’t see a teddy bear, but I do see a rabbit!
Here are a few of my quick Japanese brush paintings of desert wild flowers & cactus.
One of the inhabitants of the Anza Borrego Desert is Big Horn Sheep. I have not yet been lucky enough to see them in the wild.
There is lots of wild life living in the desert that is not easily seen at first glance. I’m glad that Anza Borrego State Park is preserving this very special & unique environment for all to come & enjoy.