Thursday, March 22, 2012

Gold Butte: Bloom Alert

The spring wildflower bloom on Gold Butte is within hours of being upon us. On a ride taken to the (former) Treasure Hawk Mine on 21 Mar 2012 we noticed that a few specimins were fully open but thousands more were budded and ready to burst any minute. The whole of "Pleasant Valley" (valley with the old generator to the south of Gold Butte (the town) should be ablaze next week. However, it doesn't look like…
this year will be a "bloom year" for the Joshua Trees. Of the thousands we saw - there were only three with a single bloom and none of the trees looked like they were going to produce this year - nor do the Mojave Yucca. The Mojave Mound Hedgehog cacti will be blooming within the next week or so down between Pierson Gap and Grapevine Spring.


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