Explore the wonders of the Earth. In this site, you will find some information about hiking trails, some of the natural wonders in the places we explored, some itineraries of our travels, some road trip information, some health and fitness tips to enjoy the outdoors, and more of the simple joys from our natural world. Life, like hiking, has lots of ups and down, rugged and steep terrains, switchbacks, and beautiful scenic turns.- Betchai
Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Prickly Pear Cactus Bloom, Anza Borrego Desert, CA
Call me a desert rat or a desert convert, but since our Grand Circle exploration several years ago, my heart always long to spend quiet time at the desert. Thankfully, we have two desert parks close by, Joshua Tree National Park in San Bernardino County and Anza Borrego Desert State Park of San Diego County. Plus of course, we are not that far from Death Valley National Park and the Grand Circle region in AZ, UT, CO, NV, NM and CA. What I love most going to the desert is the many surprises it brings, and the tranquility within is like a breath of strong antidote fighting away all stresses of life.
All pictures above were from Anza Borrego Desert State Park. In the barrenness of the badlands, I see the majestic sculpting of the Earth, teaching me how to look at Earth's geological past to prepare for what is to come. The desert waterfalls and rushing streams opens up to me the promise of a hidden oasis that supports a very diverse life. The desert blooms are always magical for me, somehow, these thorny vegetation just gives us blooms that are so beautiful, such a sight to behold.
Nopalea or Pricky Cactus Bloom
Sometimes, when I take a hike in the desert, I always try to be careful not to get in the way of these thorny cacti. It is hard for me to imagine how desert wildlife can thrive on these thorny plants. The desert bighorn sheep for example eat desert brushy plants and the desert cacti is part of their source of not only vegetation but also of water.
Desert Bighorn Sheep
And maybe it is from these animals where we have learned to reap some of the benefits of the healing power of cacti. The prickly cactus is actually a common sight in Mexican supermarkets here because they are used in a variety of Mexican vegetable dishes.
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