While mountain biking this week near Gooseberry Mesa in Southern Utah, I captured some pics over a few evenings of the changing colors of the flora and the sunsets.
Cedar Breaks National Monument is a geologic marvel but in July, visitors come for the floral display. At over 10,000 feet in elevation, the seasons arrive later than sooner.
Images from blooming Prickly Pear Cactus and the sticky Cholla Cactus
Although California is suffering from a severe drought, the immediate Pacific coastline has enough moisture to allow the vegetation to produce blooming flowers. It is springtime.
Spring has sprung in Zion as it was 78F today. The cactus here usually flower starting in May. Here’s some images of other vegetation prominent in the park. Look for future posts detailing the many species of flora here in the park. There are more than 900 varieties of plants here mainly due to its vast elevation changes.