En route to Phoenix, Arizona from Joshua Tree National Park we stumbled upon the holy grail of wildflower sighting.
Much to my delight, just after leaving the eastern exit of Joshua Tree the landscape turned from various tones of burnt orange, chartreuse and creamy mint colors to vibrant yellows and purples. I had been cautiously optimistic that we would catch the elusive and magical desert bloom on our way east - Mother Nature was certainly shining on us!
After arriving in Phoenix, we went to search of more strange and beautiful plants at the Desert Botanical Garden. The colors and shapes of native cactuses and succulents were otherworldly.
Below is a selection of the wildflower bloom and cactuses in watercolor and pen + ink. Enjoy.