Anza Borrego

Super Moon and Super Bloom

Everywhere I looked, there seemed to be some blurb about the upcoming Super Blood Wolf Moon. This relatively rare event occurs when there is a super moon coinciding with a lunar eclipse.

Since we live on the coast it seemed logical to head somewhere with less light pollution. We decided that the Anza Borrego desert would be the perfect spot and if we were lucky would get to see some early season wildflower blooms as a bonus.

Land Cruiser in Jojoba Wash
Our campsite in Jojoba Wash

We setup camp alongside a few ocotillo plants, made a quick dinner and waited in anticipation. The spot we found was very quiet although we did have a a few random motorcycle riders stop by and ask us for directions.

Oliver our Boston Terrier finds camping exhausting.
Oliver our Boston Terrier finds camping exhausting.

As darkness settled the moon began its’ climb from the east which unfortunately coincided with clouds being blown in from the coast. Our view was somewhat obscured at times but binoculars really helped us view this awesome phenomenon.

Clouds in Jojoba Wash
Clouds in Jojoba Wash

By morning the wind that had been blowing the clouds in all night had increased to gail force. Well that may be an exaggeration but at one point as I was busy making camp coffee on the tailgate, I looked over and the tent was on its’ side with Mary and both dogs still inside. She seemed unfazed by the incident but it was our cue to pack up and search for desert wild flowers.

Brittlebush near Inner Pasture
One of the more common flowering plants in southern Anza Borrego is Brittlebush.
Sand Verbena in Anza Borrego
Sand Verbena tends to grow well on dry sandy soil.
Sand Verbena in Anza Borrego
Always amazes me that the desert can produce such amazing flowers.
Brittlebush near Inner Pasture

Cholla near Blair Valley
Cholla near Blair Valley

As you can see from the above pictures, we may be in for a decent flower bloom this spring. Many areas are covered with grass and the Ocotillo are a vibrant green with a few buds.
Stay tuned and we should have updates in a few weeks when we head out again.

2 thoughts on “Super Moon and Super Bloom

    1. surfponto Post author

      It was beautiful. A great time of year out in Anza Borrego.
      Should be a great flower season.
      We plan on exploring some of the less known areas to see flowers and get away from the crowds.

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