I woke at 3:00 AM and was on the road before 4:00.  A sad gibbous moon hung low in the western sky as I passed through the Cuyamaca Mountains.  Dropping down to the Anza-Borrego desert, the eastern sky warmed a soft white/yellow that slowly formed into red as it silhouetted the ridge lines.

Arriving to Coyote Canyon, a chilly wind was whipping.  I un-racked my bike and, soon after, started pedaling.

A few comments:  The flowers are more prominent after the sun is up for an hour or so and onward.  Some were still closed from the overnight hours in the early morning.  Afternoon heat also closes them up.  As you’ll see with upcoming postings, the flowers photos taken around the 9:00 AM hour were filled with more color.  (Of course, I am not a photographer either!)

A few photos from first light in the desert amidst the wildflower super bloom … if you click the photos, you’ll get a bigger picture:

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