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Jimena´s Legacy

Las Ecomujeres traveled to Baja California a little more than 3 weeks after Hurricane Jimena (Sep 24-Oct 8, 2009). Besides checking in with our community and friends, we were very interested to see what plants were sprouting and blooming in the desert. A friend convinced us to go mainly to see the amazing desert landscape that was greening out. Below are some of the photos that we were able to take. We are looking forward to returning soon and spending the rest of the year enjoying the winter annuals as well as all the plants that will be blooming in the spring as a result of the heavy rainfall. Enjoy!

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You can also see more recent photos (Nov-Dec 2009) on this page of some of the areas shown below.

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The greenery really started just south of the town of Vizcaíno, with Datilillo blooming like crazy as far as could be seen. This lasted until before the Cuesta del Infierno (steep grade before Santa Rosalía).

While there weren´t as many wildflowers blooming as we´d expected, once we got out of the car and walked around just off the highway, we could see that a number of bushes and cacti had blooms.

Datilillo
Datilillo in bloom (Yucca valida) near Vizcaíno
Datilillo
Datilillo in bloom (Yucca valida)
near San Ignacio
Desert south of San Ignacio
North of San Ignacio

Desert near Abulon microwave station
Desert from base of Abulón microwave
station north of San Ignacio
Desert Puffball Mushroom
Desert Puffball Mushroom
(possibly Podaxis pistillaris)
A dry mushroom with a fibrous stalk
(common name edited Oct 26)
Tres Virgenes Volcano
El Volcán Las Tres Vírgenes

Tres Virgenes area
Road side with lots of annual grasses
and beginning of perennials near
el Volcán Las Tres Vírgenes

Desert south of Tres Virgenes area
South of Volcán Las Tres Vírgenes

 

Desert garden south of  Tres Virgenes area
South of Volcán Las Tres Vírgenes
(note Barrel cactus at center)
Desert garden south of  Tres Virgenes area
South of Volcán Las Tres Vírgenes

Barrel cactus blossoms and fruit
Barrel Cactus or Biznaga
(Ferocactus peninsulae)
Barrel cactus blossom with native bee
Barrel Cactus or Biznaga (Ferocactus
peninsulae) with native bee collecting pollen
Desert garden south of Las Tres Virgenes area
South of Volcán Las Tres Vírgenes
The bit of red in foreground is
Fairy Duster (Calliandra sp.)
Manto de la Virgen blossoms
Manto de la Virgen
(Jacquemontia abutiloides
)
This series of 4 photos was taken from about halfway down the Cuesta del Infierno
(the major grade north of Santa Rosalía). They flow from the first row left to right
then to row two as a panorama.
Cuesta del Infierno Cuesta del Infierno
Cuesta del Infierno Cuesta del Infierno
The next 4 photos were taken at the top of the final grade about a mile before the highway
drops to the Gulf of California. Each row has a partial panorama from left to right. The
hillsides in all directions were carpeted in yellow (mostly Pectis papposa) and green (small
annual grasses like Bouteloua aristidoides and B. barbata). Some pink was thrown in from Trailing windmills (Allionia incarnata).
Grade just north of Santa Rosalia Grade just north of Santa Rosalia
Grade just north of Santa Rosalia Grade just north of Santa Rosalia
Pectis papposa
Pectis papposa on hillside
Pectis papposa
Pectis papposa amid annual grasses (Bouteloua spp., Eragrostis sp.)

 

 

Horn worm
This caterpillar, which looks like it's a hornworm, was found munching on the dreaded weed Goat's head (Tribulus terrestris)
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