By Julie Trevelyan

Springtime plus rains equals fantastic blooms in the desert. A recent mountain biking trip to the White Rim Trail in Canyonlands National Park yielded bounteous blooms, with the promise of many more soon to come. Here’s a sampling of the flower color bursts so common, yet also so breathtakingly unexpected, to the Utah desert lands.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whipple’s Fishhook Cactus

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Globemallow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Aster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cliff Rose

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Primrose (at the base of a yucca)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yucca

 

Written by Julie Trevelyan.

Julie is a freelance writer and wilderness guide in southern Utah. She especially enjoys books, coffee, yoga, wild country, horses, and dark chocolate.

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