Finally we were back in the wash near the streaked sandstone boulders. The colors are beautiful.
The flowers that were blooming alone, no clumps, just single plants.
Even the cacti were beginning to bud. The cacti here are not the same species as those in the lower desert. The temperatures in the high desert reach sub-zero in the winter and the cacti that grow are specialized. They seem to be thicker and we have noticed that the animals don't eat them.
The lichens growing on the rocks also have bright colors.