Almost 75 years ago an explosion occurred in the New Mexico desert that had ramifications for the end of World War II, for relationships between countries to this day, and for our way of life in power production today and in the future.
Today’s explosions are of a different variety as wildflowers silently unveil a multitude of color and form in desert environments both remote and next door to bustling urban centers. Let’s look at the second type of explosion which does not occur every year but when it does, carries more sensory stimulus than any manmade attempt to control nature. Nevada’s state wildflower is the Sagebrush (Artemisia tridentate) and to non-desert people, the name conjures up dry, windy plains with non-descript blue-gray bushes and it is anything but that.
What about those wildflower explosions? Most occur in Spring after a Fall heavy rain although a few noted exceptions occur every few years after an especially heavy soaking and for a week the desert blooms in an explosion of color.
Does Nevada have unique desert wildflowers? Sure it does and here are a few of my favorites.
Wow! Wouldn’t it be neat to do nothing in life but to travel and discover new wildflowers in bloom? Now we scamper East to the first of our “New” states – New Hampshire – where a well-recognized, fragrant blossom awaits our inspection. Come back tomorrow!