Carrizo Badlands

The last week or so, we’ve been having a bit of rain here in San Diego and, as the most recent storm cleared this morning, there were some interesting cloud formations around the area. I thought it might be interesting to see if the clouds made it over the mountains into the Anza-Borrego Desert.

They did, but they weren’t as dramatic as they were over the city. Still, it was good to get out and enjoy the desert while it was only 68° F / 20° C. I arrived a bit early for the late afternoon sun, so I just hung out for a couple hours watching the light change. I need to throw my collapsible nylon chair into the trunk to make the waiting time a little more pleasant.

One of the things that always strikes me when I’m spending time in the desert is the complete lack of noise, save the blowing wind and the crunch of the sand/gravel under my feet. It does wonders to clear the mind.

A few of the Ocotillo plants were in bloom (but without leaves), and the only real wildlife I saw were a few small finches flitting about.



2 responses to “Carrizo Badlands”

  1. Love the opening shot!

  2. Thanks, Jim. I was hoping that the setting sun would add a little more color to it, but a bank of clouds rolled in from the west putting everything in shade. Guess I just have to go back.

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