Bobs's Gap

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.)

In addition to Bob's Gap itself, we include here a couple of other nearby locations, the Theodore Payne Wildlife Sanctuary and the Blalock WIldlife Sanctuary.

Our visit to the area was at the end of April. 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.

A. Bob's Gap

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San Gabriel Mountains seen from Bob's Gap

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Pringle's woolly sunflower (Eriophyllum pringlei)

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Cushion cryptantha (Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa)

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Cushion cryptantha (Cryptantha circumscissa var. circumscissa)

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Mojave sun cup (Camissonia campestris)

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Fremont's phacelia (Phacelia fremontii)

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Fremont's phacelia (Phacelia fremontii)

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Parry's linanthus (Linanthus parryae)

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Parry's linanthus (Linanthus parryae)

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Parry's linanthus (Linanthus parryae)

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Parry's linanthus (Linanthus parryae) and other wildflowers

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Fremont's monkeyflower (Mimulus fremontii var. fremontii)

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Fremont's monkeyflower (Mimulus fremontii var. fremontii)

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Veatch's blazing star (Mentzelia veatchiana)

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Mojave linanthus (Leptosiphon breviculus)

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Common phacelia (Phacelia distans)

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Catclaw horsebrush (Tetradymia axillaris var. longispina)

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White layia (Layia glandulosa)

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Bigelow's coreopsis (Leptosyne bigelovii)

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Bigelow's coreopsis (Leptosyne bigelovii)

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Wallace's woolly daisy (Eriophyllum wallacei)

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Desert calico (Loeseliastrum matthewsii)

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Summer lupine (Lupinus formosus)

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Mojave paintbrush (Castilleja plagiotoma)

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Parish's larkspur (Delphinium parishii )

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Red triangles (Centrostegia thurberi)

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Pectocarya sp., perhaps pencillata

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Blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum)

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Desert wild parsley (Lomatium mohavense)

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Washoe phacelia (Phacelia curvipes)

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White fiesta flower (Pholistoma membranaceum)

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Unidentified sp.

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Bajada lupine (Lupinus concinnus)

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Common pussypaws (Calyptridium monandrum)

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Common pussypaws (Calyptridium monandrum)

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Antelope bush (Purshia tridentata)

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Chia (Salvia columbariae)

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Old lime kiln at Bob's Gap

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B. Theodore Payne Wildlife Sanctuary

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Theodore Payne Wildlife Sanctuary

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Thistle sage (Salvia carduacea)

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Mojave sun cup (Camissonia campestris)

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Desert dandelion (Malacothrix glabrata)

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Brown eyed evening primrose (Chylismia claviformis)

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Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)

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Golden linanthus (Leptosiphon aureus subsp. aureus)

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Golden linanthus (Leptosiphon aureus subsp. aureus)

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Butterflies

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C. Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary

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Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mojave aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia)

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Mojave aster (Xylorhiza tortifolia var. tortifolia)

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Rayless goldenhead (Acamptopappus sphaerocephalus)

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California goldfields (Lasthenia californica)

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Desert pepper grass (Lepidium fremontii)

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Acton encelia (Encelia actoni)

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Fremont pincushion (Chaenactis fremontii)

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Brittle spineflower (Chorizanthe brevicornu)

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Blalock Wildlife Sanctuary

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ACKNOWLEDGMENT

Thanks to Jane Strong for assistance in identification of plants and flowers.

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