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.