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Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Wildflowers In Utah's Deserts

I enjoyed exploring areas along Hwy 12 over the weekend and noticed several kinds of cactus are in full bloom. Other wildflowers were also wearing their best dress.

I really enjoy seeing cactus flowers. The blossoms are always gorgeous, with delicate petals in vivid colors. I love the bright crimsons, violets and reds that are common in cactus flowers.

I took this photo along the Hwy 12 Hogsback, just above the Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

Cactus are in bloom at lower elevations all across southern Utah right now, from Zion Park through GrandStaircase-Escalante, across Capitol Reef, through Canyonlands, Arches and the Lake Powell area.

Over the next few weeks wildflowers will bloom at higher elevations in southern Utah, including the BryceCanyon and Cedar Breaks areas. The flower show will then move into the northern Utah mountains. By mid or late July wildflowers will be profuse on Mt Timpanogos, the mountains east of Salt Lake City and in the Uintas.

The Albion Basin area near Alta is renowned for its wildflowers. The peak season there is usually in mid or late July.

- Dave Webb

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