It’s spring in the desert! We went to Bartlett Lake to see the wildflowers that everyone has been raving about. With all the rain we’ve had, it’s supposed to be a great year for them and it was really beautiful: the lake and the wildflowers. It was a perfect day, temperatures in the 60s, deep blue skies, and wispy clouds.
Bartlett Lake is a reservoir that was formed by the damming of the Verde River, completed in 1939.
We could even see snow-covered Four Peaks in the distance.
This is the Yellow Cliffs area:
The rocks of the cliffs take on their yellow coloration due to an extensive colony of yellow “crustose” lichen.
We saw quite a few people taking photos of the wildflowers but the lake itself was very quiet. One of the best things about being retired is being able to go places during the week and avoiding the crowds. We didn’t even see any ducks or other water birds.
Mexican Poppies and Lupines
The white poppies are rarer.
You can barely see snow-covered Mt. Ord in the distance, above, but this is it closer, below. You can see all the towers on top.
All-in-all, it was a very nice day.