Desert in bloom

If you are not in the American Southwest right now, you are missing a once or twice in a lifetime photo opportunity. Rainfall the past several weeks has turned the desert from a martian training ground into a brain bewildering rocky green landscape.

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I’ve visited Palm Springs and Lake Havasu several times the past few years and was looking forward to hiking some trails in the area and capturing some burro pictures. Instead it became an opportunity to take photos of amazing blooms of desert flowers and cacti.

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I imagine it’s only going to get better this week and next as more and more flowers begin to open. It was totally offsetting to have my feet sink into damp soil instead of sending up small dust clouds with each step.

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I brought an ancient Canon 100-300 f5.6L lens for taking long shots, I only carried it when I knew something would be in the distance. The majority of the shots were with my Canon EFM 15-45 f3.5-6.3 and Canon EFM 22mm F2 lenses, which fit into my travel pack while hiking.

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I really wish I could have stayed for another week to see the cacti blooming and even more flowers to fill the landscape.

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