Agave deserti in June Wash

Agave deserti (Desert Agave, Century Plant, Mescal, Maguey) panicle; June Wash, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California. December 2019.

When my friend Hans and I hiked from June Wash to the Mud Palisades at the end of December 2019, we came upon an Agave deserti var. deserti (Mescal, Century Plant or Maguey) at the peak of its bloom. We were only on the way in but it was inevitable to stop the car for a few minutes to admire the plant and make photos of it. :)

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Opuntia basilaris (Beavertail Cactus)

Young Pad of Beavertail Cactus

We went to Anza Borrego Desert State Park yesterday after seeing many photos and reading reports of nice wildflower blooms. While trying my hand at some macros of the beautiful wildflowers, I also spent some time studying details of the Beavertail cactus (Opuntia basilaris) with the camera. Here are six of them that I’m quite happy with.

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