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The Fire Wave, a beautiful sandstone formation exhibiting dramatic striations, striped layers in the geologic historical record, Valley of Fire State Park
The Fire Wave, a beautiful sandstone formation exhibiting dramatic striations, striped layers in the geologic historical record.
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Image ID: 26487  
Brittlebush, ocotillo and various cacti and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Brittlebush, ocotillo and various cacti and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Species: Brittlebush, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10896  
Barrel cactus, brittlebush and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Encelia farinosa, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Barrel cactus, brittlebush and wildflowers color the sides of Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Species: Red barrel cactus, Encelia farinosa, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10899  
Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10906  
Lupine color the sides of the Borrego Valley in spring.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Lupinus arizonicus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Lupine color the sides of the Borrego Valley in spring. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Species: Arizona lupine, Lupinus arizonicus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10969  
Desert agave, also known as the Century Plant, blooms in spring in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Desert agave is the only agave species to be found on the rocky slopes and flats bordering the Coachella Valley. It occurs over a wide range of elevations from 500 to over 4,000.  It is called century plant in reference to the amount of time it takes it to bloom. This can be anywhere from 5 to 20 years. They send up towering flower stalks that can approach 15 feet in height. Sending up this tremendous display attracts a variety of pollinators including bats, hummingbirds, bees, moths and other insects and nectar-eating birds, Agave deserti
Desert agave, also known as the Century Plant, blooms in spring in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Desert agave is the only agave species to be found on the rocky slopes and flats bordering the Coachella Valley. It occurs over a wide range of elevations from 500 to over 4,000. It is called century plant in reference to the amount of time it takes it to bloom. This can be anywhere from 5 to 20 years. They send up towering flower stalks that can approach 15 feet in height. Sending up this tremendous display attracts a variety of pollinators including bats, hummingbirds, bees, moths and other insects and nectar-eating birds.
Species: Desert agave, Agave deserti
Image ID: 11550  
Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Image ID: 14725  
Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Image ID: 14726  
Broken Hill with the Pacific Ocean in the distance.  Broken Hill is an ancient, compacted sand dune that was uplifted to its present location and is now eroding, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Broken Hill with the Pacific Ocean in the distance. Broken Hill is an ancient, compacted sand dune that was uplifted to its present location and is now eroding.
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Image ID: 14758  
Black's Beach and Sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines State Park, viewed from high above the Pacific Ocean near the Indian Trail, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Black's Beach and Sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines State Park, viewed from high above the Pacific Ocean near the Indian Trail.
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Image ID: 14770  
Red barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Borrego Springs, California
Red barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 24302  
Red barrel flower bloom, cactus detail, spines and flower on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Borrego Springs, California
Red barrel flower bloom, cactus detail, spines and flower on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 24303  
Earth Shadow over the Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Earth Shadow over the Pacific Ocean.
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Image ID: 28371  
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire, Valley of Fire State Park
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire.
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Image ID: 28444  
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire, Valley of Fire State Park
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire.
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Image ID: 28445  
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire, Valley of Fire State Park
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire.
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Image ID: 28446  
Dune primrose (white) and sand verbena (purple) bloom in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, mixing in a rich display of desert color.  Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Abronia villosa, Oenothera deltoides, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Dune primrose (white) and sand verbena (purple) bloom in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, mixing in a rich display of desert color. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Species: Dune evening primrose, Sand verbena, Abronia villosa, Oenothera deltoides
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10459  
Sand verbena carpets sand dunes and washes in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters, Abronia villosa, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Sand verbena carpets sand dunes and washes in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10462  
Desert Lily blooms in the sandy soils of the Colorado Desert.  It is fragrant and its flowers are similar to cultivated Easter lilies, Hesperocallis undulata, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Desert Lily blooms in the sandy soils of the Colorado Desert. It is fragrant and its flowers are similar to cultivated Easter lilies.
Species: Desert lily, Hesperocallis undulata
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10543  
Torrey Pines State Reserve at Night, stars and clouds fill the night sky with the lights of La Jolla visible in the distance, San Diego, California
Torrey Pines State Reserve at Night, stars and clouds fill the night sky with the lights of La Jolla visible in the distance.
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Image ID: 28405  
Panorama dimensions: 6607 x 12076
The Fire Wave at night, lit by the light of the moon, Valley of Fire State Park
The Fire Wave at night, lit by the light of the moon.
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada
Image ID: 28430  
Panorama dimensions: 7280 x 7255
Black's Beach and Torrey Pines Cliffs and Pacific Ocean, Razor Point view to La Jolla, San Diego, California, Torrey Pines State Reserve
Black's Beach and Torrey Pines Cliffs and Pacific Ocean, Razor Point view to La Jolla, San Diego, California.
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California
Image ID: 28490  
Sand verbena carpets sand dunes and washes in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters, Abronia villosa, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Sand verbena carpets sand dunes and washes in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10492  
Sand verbena blooms in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters, Abronia villosa, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Sand verbena blooms in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10493  
Sand verbena blooms in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.  Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters, Abronia villosa, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Sand verbena blooms in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10497  
Brown-eyed primrose blooms in spring in the Colorado Desert following heavy winter rains.  Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Camissonia claviformis, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Brown-eyed primrose blooms in spring in the Colorado Desert following heavy winter rains. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Species: Brown-eyed primrose, Camissonia claviformis
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10522  
Sand verbena wildflowers on sand dunes, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Abronia villosa, Borrego Springs, California
Sand verbena wildflowers on sand dunes, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 35167  
Dune primrose (white) and sand verbena (purple) bloom in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, mixing in a rich display of desert color, Abronia villosa, Oenothera deltoides, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Dune primrose (white) and sand verbena (purple) bloom in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, mixing in a rich display of desert color.
Species: Dune evening primrose, Sand verbena, Abronia villosa, Oenothera deltoides
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 35168  
Dune Evening Primrose bloom in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Oenothera deltoides, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Dune Evening Primrose bloom in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Species: Dune evening primrose, Oenothera deltoides
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 35116  
Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon.  Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon. Heavy winter rains led to a historic springtime bloom in 2005, carpeting the entire desert in vegetation and color for months.
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California
Image ID: 10905