This has been a strange year in the Sonoran Desert, mainly on account of the absence of rain. It was the 4th driest year in about 130 years. Most wild flowers could not manage a bloom at all. Al of the energy of the plants went to survival.
Cactuses usually manage to survive and flower even in a year of severe drought. The Hedgehog below is one of my favourites.
This year however the cactuses bloomed later than normal. Perhaps that was their reaction to drought.
These are called Claret Cup. The blooming cactuses are the glory of the Sonoran desert. unfortunately, this year I just had a chance to capture a few images late in March.
These were not wild. I found them on my neighbour’s yard. Desperate years call for desperate measures. I am afraid it is next year country again.