Dave Bullock / eecue

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Death Valley Wildflowers 2011

Over my vacation a few weeks ago I spent a few hours photographing wildflowers in Death Valley. I found 21 different species in bloom in 3 separate areas of the park. The first area, near Ashford Mill had mostly Desert Gold and Sand Verbenas. The second area, off Green Valley Road, where we camped and which received a good amount of rain (on February 25th-26th) had Cryptantha, Woolystars and Fiddlenecks. Finally the big score came on my birthday on the 27th just below Jubilee pass on the way to Shoshone.

The ground by the road was covered with over a dozen different species of wildflowers. I photographed many flowers I had never seen before. It was really quite beautiful. Hopefully the rain will keep up and more flowers will pop up throughout the desert. There is something really magical about finding wildflowers carpeting the ground in one of the harshest desert environments on the planet.

Below are some of my favorites from the trip. Read on to see each of the 21 different Death Valley wildflowers I photographed.

Desert Five Spot

Desert Five Spot
Eremalche rotundifolia

Gravel Ghost

Gravel Ghost
Atrichoseris latyphylla

Desert Gold Poppy

Desert Gold Poppy
Eschscholzia glyptosperma

Bigelow's Monkeyflower

Bigelow's Monkeyflower
Mimulus bigelovei

Forget-Me-Not

Forget-Me-Not
Cryptantha angustifolia

Desert Sand Verbena

Desert Sand Verbena
Abronia villosa

Brown-eyed Primrose

Brown-eyed Primrose
Camissonia claviformis

Desert Sand Verbena Buds

Desert Sand Verbena Buds
Abronia villosa

Bristly Fiddleneck

Bristly Fiddleneck
Amsinckia tessellata var. tessellata

Wilcox's Woollystar

Wilcox's Woollystar
Eriastrum wilcoxii

Golden Suncup and Insect

Golden Suncup and Insect
Camissonia brevipes

Golden Evening Primrose

Golden Evening Primrose
Camissonia brevipes

Scented Forget-Me-Not

Scented Forget-Me-Not
Cryptantha utahensis

Golden Desert-Snapdragon

Golden Desert-Snapdragon
Mohavea breviflora

Golden Evening Primrose

Golden Evening Primrose
Camissonia brevipes

White Blazingstar

White Blazingstar
Mentzelia albicaulis

Grape Soda Lupine

Grape Soda Lupine
Lupinus excubitus var. excubitus

Emory's Rock-daisy

Emory's Rock-daisy
Perityle emoryi

Desert Dandelion

Desert Dandelion
Malacothrix glabrata

Desert Star

Desert Star
Monoptilon bellioides

Small Desert Star

Small Desert Star
Monoptilon bellidiforme

Hairy Desertsunflower

Hairy Desertsunflower
Geraea canescens

Desert Gold

Desert Gold
Geraea canescens

Golden Evening Primrose

Golden Evening Primrose
Camissonia brevipes

Desert Gold

Desert Gold
Geraea canescens

 Death Valley Phacelia

Death Valley Phacelia
Phacelia vallis-mortae

Grape Soda Lupine

Grape Soda Lupine
Lupinus excubitus var. excubitus

You can view the complete series of Death Valley Wildflowers here.