Quartzsite Desert Scenery - Part 1

Scenery from the Sonoran Desert near Quartzsite, Arizona.

Quartzsite Desert Scenery - Part 1
Big Galleta grass in the Sonoran Desert near Quartzsite.

Quartzsite, Arizona is an incredibly popular destination amongst snowbirds and nomads. It is so popular, in fact, that trying to escape the crowds during the winter "peak season" is no small challenge. Despite the challenge, we did find some isolated locations in the Sonoran Desert to explore and photograph.

This post is the first in a series from the Quartzsite, Arizona area during the 2022-2023 winter.

Big Galleta grass.
The brilliant yellow Brittlebush flowers are noticeable from a distance in the desert. The aroma of these plants is also lovely.
Melanie checking out a dead Desert Ironwood tree in a wash.
A dead Desert Ironwood tree in a wash.
Melanie checking out an old Palo Verde tree.
This large grasshopper is perfectly camouflaged among the desert terrain around Quartzsite.
An ancient Saguaro cactus with many arms.
Manybristle Chinchweed in a wash near Quartzsite.
Mat Amaranth Pigweed in a desert wash.
A large Palo Verde tree with a fallen and dead section of trunk.
An unknown visitor apparently placed rocks in the branches of this dead tree.