Sunset in the Coconino National Forest, looking northeast toward Sedona, AZ, 4/17/15

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Some Moab Flora,
May 2015

I'm back in Western Washington State now.  I'll soon be doing some blog posts to debrief my four months of being a snowbird, including some product reviews as well as an analysis of the experience itself.

Right now, tho', I have a few more photos of wild flowers and other Moab flora to share.

My hope was, before I needed to return to Washington, that I'd see the prickly pear cactus in bloom. And they did bloom, the day before I left.  So, I begin with a few of those pics ...

Pink prickly pear bloom.  5/25/15 
Yellow prickly pear bloom, the most common color near us.  5/25/15 
Peach prickly pear bloom, with a variegated yellow/pink in background.
I saw very few of these.  5/25/15 
The black knobbly patches in this photo is crytobiotic soil crust.
One of the oldest known lifeforms.   5/15/15 
Here is a closer look at the cryptobiotic soil crust.  It's fragile.
I took care not to step on it.  5/15/15 
A close up of some clumps of cryptobiotic soil crust and lichen. 5/15/15 
Lupine grew near to the cryptobiotic soil pictured above.  5/15/15  
This plant grew near to our camp and was in continuous bloom
throughout our stay in May.  5/19/15 
Junipers dotted the landscape.  We had young ones near our camp, but
across the way this Grandpa Juniper provided a favorite perch for the
local raven couple.   5/25/15 
During the last days of our stay in Moab, these sweet white flowers
came into bloom.  5/26/15 
Moab: fantastic views at the macro level, as well as close-up.


  1. Thank you for posting the great photos for us! I had no idea that prickly pear cactus blooms were so beautiful. I'm glad you got to see so many wonderful sights.

  2. Thanks Jim. Moab is a wonderful area.

  3. Wow, nice photos, I am stunned by those prickly pear flowers. I must be there to see them. Maybe next year. It's been a few weeks since we've gotten away because of daily life demands and your post is giving me severely itchy feet. We're trying to sell our car and car top tent and then we are free to leave again in the new to us truck and canopy. I don't know if I can wait after reading this and your last post just now. :)

    1. Thanks! I was just wondering how you guys were doing. I hope you are able to get on the road soon ... happy travels!


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