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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Road Trip, Day 3 (Pt. 1); Carlsbad, NM

May 10th we woke early and went to Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park.

I agree wholeheartedly with Sierra Club founder John Muir.

We were fortunate to take our trip when the desert was in bloom. Here are some of the plants that we saw...

Apache plume. Thanks to Turtlerangler for the ID!

These water lilies (the only plants I can positively ID for you here,) were in a man-made pond up by the visitor's center.

Bougainvillea. Thanks to Angie for the ID!






Desert willow flower. Thanks to Turtlerangler for the ID!

Next post; Birds at Living Desert Zoo and Gardens State Park

18 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

You have such a good eye.

laughingwolf said...

only thing i can identify also, lana :O lol

Lana Gramlich said...

Charles; Look who's talking!

laughingwolf; Many of the plants had ID tags. It's my bad for not making notes. <:\

Natasha Fondren said...

Beautiful! The desert here didn't bloom this year--drought. There's something so cool about desert flowers! I love the last one. Are those teensy-tiny? I think I took pics of those last year!

Lana Gramlich said...

Natasha; Thanks! Sorry to hear you didn't get much of a show over your way. No, the flowers in the last shot are a few inches long, at least. They were something I would have expected to see around our place, rather than in the middle of the hot, dry climate.

Chrissy said...

Hi Lana, I confess to catching up with your blog the other day and loving hearing about your trip :) I was unable to leave comments at the time ~ for some reason I had forgotten my google login....anyway, it all looks fascinating. Beautiful shots here and I am really looking forward to the birds :)

letspaintnature.com said...

The water lily really POPS out! Would make an awesome painting...good composition too.

Lana Gramlich said...

Chrissy; Thanks for stopping by again--sorry you forgot your login!

Christine; Thanks. Feel free to paint it, if you'd like. :)

Angie said...

Great pics! The hot pink one right below the water lily is bougainvillea.

Angie

Lana Gramlich said...

Angie; Thanks for the kind comment and the ID!

Travis Cody said...

I'm not a fan of the desert, but you've definitely captured some of the beauty.

Lana Gramlich said...

Travis; Thanks, hon. :)

eileeninmd said...

Love the wildflowers, looks like a great place to visit. Lana , your photos are wonderful!

Lana Gramlich said...

eileeninmd; Thanks, hon. It was a really lovely park!

Michelle Basic Hendry said...

Yup - That quote is absolutely true...
Beautiful images - as always!!

Lana Gramlich said...

Michelle; Thanks. :)

Kelly said...

I couldn't positively ID or name half the plants and flowers you have here one minute from now. Even though you named some of them, I just can't keep the names of trees, plants and flowers in my head for some reason. In any case, these pictures are beautiful and I think the flowers and plants themselves- just how they've been captured and how they reveal themselves, is enough. Great shots.

Lana Gramlich said...

Kelly; Thanks. :) I probably won't remember many of the names, myself (which is why I've at least printed what I got here. *LOL*) Easier to remember what's in our own area, since we see it all the time.

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