This is the time of year when the boring old desert shows off its spring colors to the rest of the world. Today we took a drive out to the Bartlett Lake Recreation Area, just northeast of Scottsdale. It was a gorgeous sunny 67◦ and it was well worth the time.
The ride down to Bartlett Lake is about 5 miles of paved roadway winding through mountains and canyons with loads of picturesque views.
Along the way, we were able to stop and snap a few nice pictures of the wildflowers.
Here is a great shot of a patch of Mexican Golden Poppies and Arizona Lupine.
Above is a patch with both Golden and Albino Poppies mixed with the purple Lupine.
Next is another patch of Poppies, Lupine and Chuparosa surrounding a "Teddy Bear" Cholla.
Along the way, we were able to get some nice views of the surrounding mountains. If you look closely you can still see traces of the snows from last months big storm.
Finally, we arrived at the lake. Although it was a little windy there were lots of boaters out on the water. The water level is up from the recent rains which made the lake the largest it has been in several years.
Planning a visit to the Scottsdale area? Spring is a great time to visit.
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