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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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Encelia farinosa, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table
The Fire Wave, a beautiful sandstone formation exhibiting dramatic striations, striped layers in the geologic historical record.
Image ID: 26487  
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 10896  
Species: Brittlebush, Encelia farinosa, Fouquieria splendens
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 10899  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Encelia farinosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
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.
Image ID: 10906  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 10969  
Species: Arizona lupine, Lupinus arizonicus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 11550  
Species: Desert agave, Agave deserti
 
Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California Add To Light Table Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Image ID: 14725  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
 
Sandstone cliffs rise above the beach at Torrey Pines State Reserve.
Image ID: 14726  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 14758  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
 
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 Add To Light Table Red barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Ferocactus cylindraceus, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Black's Beach and Sandstone cliffs at Torrey Pines State Park, viewed from high above the Pacific Ocean near the Indian Trail.
Image ID: 14770  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
 
Red barrel cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 24302  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Red barrel flower bloom, cactus detail, spines and flower on top of the cactus, Glorietta Canyon, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 24303  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Earth Shadow over the Pacific Ocean, Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California Add To Light Table Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire, Valley of Fire State Park Add To Light Table Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire, Valley of Fire State Park Add To Light Table
Earth Shadow over the Pacific Ocean.
Image ID: 28371  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
 
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire.
Image ID: 28444  
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA
 
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire.
Image ID: 28445  
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA
 
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire, Valley of Fire State Park Add To Light Table 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, Oenothera deltoides, Abronia villosa, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Sunrise lights sandstone rocks, Valley of Fire.
Image ID: 28446  
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA
 
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.
Image ID: 10459  
Species: Dune Evening Primrose, Sand Verbena, Sand verbena, Oenothera deltoides, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Sand verbena carpets sand dunes and washes in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Image ID: 10462  
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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 Add To Light Table
Desert Lily blooms in the sandy soils of the Colorado Desert. It is fragrant and its flowers are similar to cultivated Easter lilies.
Image ID: 10543  
Species: Desert lily, Desert Lily, Hesperocallis undulata
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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 This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table
Torrey Pines State Reserve at Night, stars and clouds fill the night sky with the lights of La Jolla visible in the distance.
Image ID: 28405  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
Pano dimensions: 6607 x 12076
 
The Fire Wave at night, lit by the light of the moon, Valley of Fire State Park Add To Light Table Black's Beach and Torrey Pines Cliffs and Pacific Ocean, Razor Point view to La Jolla, San Diego, California, Torrey Pines State Reserve This photo is the top of a stack of similar images, click to see them all.Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
The Fire Wave at night, lit by the light of the moon.
Image ID: 28430  
Location: Valley of Fire State Park, Nevada, USA
Pano dimensions: 7280 x 7255
 
Black's Beach and Torrey Pines Cliffs and Pacific Ocean, Razor Point view to La Jolla, San Diego, California.
Image ID: 28490  
Location: Torrey Pines State Reserve, San Diego, California, USA
 
Sand verbena carpets sand dunes and washes in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Image ID: 10492  
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table
Sand verbena blooms in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Image ID: 10493  
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Sand verbena blooms in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park. Sand verbena blooms throughout the Colorado Desert following rainy winters.
Image ID: 10497  
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Brown-eyed primrose blooms in spring in the Colorado Desert following heavy winter rains. Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 10522  
Species: Brown-eyed primrose, Camissonia claviformis
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Sand verbena wildflowers on sand dunes, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Abronia villosa, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table 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 Add To Light Table Dune Evening Primrose bloom in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, Oenothera deltoides, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California Add To Light Table
Sand verbena wildflowers on sand dunes, Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 35167  
Species: Sand verbena, Abronia villosa
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Dune primrose (white) and sand verbena (purple) bloom in spring in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, mixing in a rich display of desert color.
Image ID: 35168  
Species: Sand verbena, Dune Evening Primrose, Abronia villosa, Oenothera deltoides
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
Dune Evening Primrose bloom in Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
Image ID: 35116  
Species: Dune Evening Primrose, Oenothera deltoides
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 
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 Add To Light Table
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.
Image ID: 10905  
Species: Red barrel cactus, Ferocactus cylindraceus
Location: Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Borrego Springs, California, USA
 


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