604 Flowers & Chollas, Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
Flowers & Chollas
Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, Arizona
The desert wildflower bloom varies greatly in both magnitude and duration from year to year. In an exceptionally wet winter, when snow piles to the bottom branches on the high peaks, and wash bottoms that had faded to mere wrinkles in the dust course again with water, seeds that have lain forgotten for years awake to reclaim their ancestral lands. Mountainsides and valleys erupt in fireworks of wildflower celebration.
I shot this photo as a storm was clearing the mountains of the Kofa National Wildlife Refuge, blowing a sea of wildflowers around the stationary, and less ephemeral, chollas.