Gold Butte Wildflowers

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Wildflowers blooming at Gold Butte by Nancy Chang

Wildflowers blooming at Gold Butte by Nancy Chang

By Nancy Chang

The splendor of nature was truly apparent in Gold Butte on our field trip April 1st and 2nd.  While Gold Butte may not be a superbloom locale, what it lacks in quantity it certainly makes up for in diversity.  Not that flowers were few and far between.  They were just about everywhere you turned.

Gold Butte’s flora is diverse because it has many different microclimates.  You can walk along a stream or climb a rocky hill or traverse a wash.  You will see Joshua trees and Mojave yuccas in one area but climb to a higher altitude and the Joshua trees stand alone.  Desert gold poppies, globe mallow and desert marigolds were abundant.  Special treats we found were tall and elegant thistle and a sunflower the size of my fist.  The prince’s plumes were showy and the rock nettles were sticky. And what a treat to smell the sage as you walk along listening for birds.

Here are a couple of dozen photos which just scratch the surface of what we found.

 

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