Heliotrope

Unfurling

9″ x 12″ transparent watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper

From my first Super Bloom trip in March 2017 – these wild heliotropes were everywhere in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Before I left for this trip, I was reading how jammed the local roads were on the weekends due to all the flower peepers who made this once-every-ten-years pilgrimage to the desert. I made sure to arrive during the week and to get onto the valley floor a little after sunrise. My preparations worked, and I was delighted to commune with the flowers each morning in quiet solitude.

 

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Desert Joy

9″ x 12″ transparent watercolor on Arches 140 lb cold press paper.

Even though I grew up in Southern California, I had never been to a superbloom until March 2017. Being a beach girl, I didn’t develop an appreciation for the desert until just a few years ago during a stay in Rancho Mirage.

So on a last minute whim, I undertook a 10-hour drive that got me to Warner Springs where I found one of the last affordable places to stay during the superbloom crush.

After dropping down onto the valley floor into Anza-Borrego Desert State Park the next morning, I was beyond happy to finally see in person masses of primroses, desert verbena, ocotillos, monkeyflowers, and more in bloom everywhere. The diverse beauty and mystery this world offers us is just so heart-opening.

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