AMBOY, CA - FEBRUARY 29: Desert sunflowers begin the annual desert bloom near Amboy Crater National Natural Landmark as a near-normal rain season follows a near-record dry season that lead to a wave of massive wildfires across southern California in 2007, on February 29, 2008 near Amboy, California. Weather experts are saying that it would take years of above-normal rainfall to refill the shrinking reservoirs of the West and to recover from a drought that has plagued western states since the end of the 1990s. Very few wildflowers were seen in California deserts in 2007. Amboy Crater is a symmetrically-shaped cinder cone near Mojave National Preserve in one of the youngest volcanic fields in the nation. The last eruption period occurred 500 years ago. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Quick - what pops into your mind when you think "Desert"? At any other time of the year your answer is probably miles of sand, cactus, more sand, a few critters like a roadrunner or giant tortoise - and, of course, yes, lots more sand.
Well, this time of year you need to add a little more color to your imaginings and this year, thanks to all the rain, you need to make that a lot of color.
The folks over at The Palms Resort tells us the usually bland sand is dotted with color already, that in fact, you'll be shocked at all the green that is spread over the valley floor as you head east out of the mountains. There are also a few blossoms pushing into blooms: the Belly flowers, Buttercups and Brittle Brush to name just a few. And, the good news, with more rain on the way and the first day of Spring still a few weeks away, the color is only going to get better.
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