The scrub is still quite green from recent rains, and the ocotillo is still leafed out and blooming.
The subtlety of the colors in the desert and the beauty of the "big empty" (not to mention the hot, dry air) make this a magical place.
We got there in the late morning. As we got out of the car, we saw two desert iguanas--and one of them came right up to us! It was the smaller of the two, so probably male or possibly a juvenile, although still well over a foot in length. He was eating buds on the small weeds, unconcerned with us; then he kept getting closer:
Finally, he jumped right up on my husband...