NEW DIXIE MINE ROAD, MOJAVE DESERT MAY 2011
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Photographs by Michael Charters




The New Dixie Mine Road area is about 11 miles north of the northwest corner of Joshua Tree National Park, just west of CA-247 and the town of Landers, along the east slopes of the San Bernardino Mountains where they meet the Mojave Desert, at an elevation of about 4000 feet. It was an absolutely beautiful day to be in the desert, 71 degrees, bright sunshine, and a vast expanse to explore. In spite of a report that it was "nothing short of incredible," we were at this location when the best bloom was evidently over, and although there were many things in good bloom including the largest numbers of Krameria and Xylorhiza that I've ever seen, the area has not had sufficient rainfall to produce the kind of desert displays that I've seen elsewhere in past years. This photo gallery is the result of two visits here, one with Tom Chester, Kate Harper and RT Hawke on May 10, and one by myself a few days later when I covered a larger area than I had on the first trip. One of the things that was interesting to me was the fact that many of the things blooming now were also in bloom when I visited this area last October.


   
Desert senna
Senna armata
Fabaceae


 
Fremont's pincushion
Chaenactis fremontii
Asteraceae


 
 
 
Red mariposa lily
Calochortus kennedyi var. kennedyi
Liliaceae
 
 



   
Parish's goldeneye
Bahiopsis parishii
Asteraceae
 



   
Mojave-aster
Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia
Asteraceae


 
Pebble pincushion
Chaenactis carphoclinia var. carphoclinia
Asteraceae
 
 



   
Desert trumpet
Eriogonum inflatum
Polygonaceae
 



   
Yellow cups
Chylismia brevipes ssp. brevipes
Onagraceae
[Formerly Camissonia brevipes ssp. brevipes]


 
Desert dandelion
Malacothrix glabrata
Asteraceae
 
 



 
Creosote bush
Larrea tridentata
Zygophyllaceae
 
 
White rhatany
Krameria grayi
Krameriaceae
 
 
Mojave yucca
Yucca schidigera
Agavaceae
 


 
 
Cheesebush
Ambrosia salsola var. salsola
Asteraceae