Desert Lily


So far I’ve only found a couple of these beautiful lilies, both were solitary plants growing near the Di Giorgio Road/ Coyote Creek trail in the Anza Borrego desert of southern California. We drove the Coyote Creek trail as far as our vehicle would allow without high centering on rocks, then hiked a distance up the Coyote Creek Canyon. The road is most definitely a four-wheel drive route, and not for one equipped with standard tires. The only vehicle we saw traverse the rocky grade was a Bronco outfitted with big wheels and tires and even this rig scraped bottom on several boulders. Everyone else turned back after the Third Creek Crossing. Hiking on foot gave us the opportunity to study the area closely, and find the desert lilies.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, landscape painter

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