At 5:00 am tomorrow, my son Brendan and I set off on an 8-day backcountry odyssey in Anza-Borrego State Park, near the border with Baja California del Norte. We arrive at the absolute peak of bloom, and given the extraordinary rainfall this winter, we expect it to be at least a once-in-50-years display.
So, no posts until sometime shortly after March 13, but then, in addition to my usual Marin explorations, I should have a backlog of hundreds of spectacular pictures, taken with an actual camera instead of my iPhone — countless thousands of massed flowers in every color of the rainbow, carpeting the desert, along with palm oases, wilderness canyons, desert bighorn sheep, and more. Anza-Borrego is the only US park with four species of rattlesnake! And we’re bringing a powerful blacklight along to photograph fluourescing scorpions! (A swirl on the Wurlitzer! A roll of drums!)