Today, I am participating in the See Beautiful Blog Hop.
In yesterday's post, I showed video of the bear den being visited by a fox in the wee hours of 3/20/16. It was 12°F, and a deep layer of snow covered the ground.
At exactly the same time, we were in the desert, in much warmer air and with no snow on the ground! In fact, as we slept at that time, my camera was recording a time lapse series of photos of the stars rotating around the North Star. The fox's visit to the bear den happened about when the stars were halfway through their paths in the photo.
March is truly still winter near our mountain home in Colorado. The cubs in the den in our neck of the woods were almost 2 months old but weren't yet mobile. Snow was deep and copious. Under the snow, the wildflowers were getting ready for their time - which is now.
In the desert, springtime was getting started in March. By May, it was in full swing. A photo that I took in the Utah desert shows how such incredibly different worlds can be so close together. On the horizon, snowy mountains reach for the clouds - like near our home in Colorado. Where I was standing, slickrock, sand, and flowers dominated the desert floor.
From snow on the ground at home to Claret Cacti blooming throughout the desert - wow!
Gorgeous Collared Lizards sunned themselves on the trails and then let me take their photos. This was a female or juvenile. The adult males are even flashier with turquoise colors on their bodies.
Primrose pointed their large faces toward the sun each day.
Gorgeous sunflowers bloomed beneath the red rock cliffs.
In May, Shyla found the desert to be hot and sneaked into many puddles of water throughout the desert.
Each day in the desert, it had cooled down by sunset, and Shyla was glad to laze in the boulders with me waiting for the best light.