A few days ago I went to Death Valley in search of wildflowers, there basically were none to be found. Luckily I live in an area with a variety of habitats and elevations! On March 19th I went for a drive on the North Shore Drive in Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Nevada. There was a nice variety of wildflowers on the drive between the Valley of Fire on the north end and Lake Mead Parkway on the south end of the drive.
My favorite flowers this time of the year are the Sunrays. These large sunflowers are close relatives to the Panamint Daisy found only in the Panamint Mountains of Death Valley. In rainy years, the flowers can get up to 6" across. This year they were a bit smaller.
As you can see, various insects like the Sunrays.
We also found a few of the very rare Bear-Paw Poppies. It is only found on harsh alkaline, gypsum soils in the Lake Mead/Las Vegas area.
The magenta flowers of the Beavertail Cactus are so bright, they are tricky to photograph. They appear oversaturated no matter what you do.
Here are some Mojave Asters.
And "cheerful" Phacelia.
Sand Blazing Star.
Brittlebush - a favorite of the desert bighorn sheep.
So never give up on wildflowers! If you don't find them on your first try, keep exploring! All in an easy days drive from Las Vegas, NV.