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California Native Plant Society
San Gabriel Mountains Chapter

Bob's Gap and beyond

Bob's Gap is a special place in the southern Mojave Desert, not far from Valyermo, where the road goes through a gap in the hills, and where a streambed at the base of the hill hosts many flowering plants. LIke many desert localities, spring blossom can be spectacular. Exactly what can be seen depends on prevailing rains and temperatures during the winter rainfall part of the year. We were fortunate to visit Bob's Gap as part of a series of annual desert field trips by our CNPS chapter. It was in fact one of those good years for wildflowers. We visited the area again in the following year, when the winter rains were substantially less optimal, and found almost no flowers (although we always finds things of interest.)

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In addition to Bob's Gap itself, we include here a couple of other nearby locations.
A. Bob's Gap, April 27 and 30
B. Theodore Payne Wildlife Sanctuary, April 27
C. Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary, April 30

Regarding the dates in the above list, we were about right for Bob's Gap and Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary, maybe a tiny bit late. But Theodore Payne Wildlife Sanctuary would probably have been better if we were a few weeks earlier.

In addition, see the collection of Bob's Gap photos on the Mojave Desert 2014 page.

In the following sections, click on the thumbnails to see higher-resolution images, 720 x 480 pixels.

A. Bob's Gap