I believe that at least once a day, we should read or watch something to remind us of our smallness in the universe and the fragility of our planet. It should be something to keep things in perspective and provoke the appropriate amount of wonder — something a little beautiful.
So here is today’s beautiful — an incredible time-lapse video of the sky over Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in Southern California. Watch the galaxy fly by from the vantage of the spinning top we call Earth.
Anza-Borrego is the same desert that experienced a “super bloom” of wildflowers in March after seven inches of winter rain. It hadn’t experienced a bloom so prolific since at least 1999, according to park officials.
“This is shaping up to be a great wildflower year!” the park wrote on its Facebook page in early March. “Desert lilies are spectacular, and other annuals are coming along nicely! Make plans now to visit near the middle of the month.”
The purple sand verbena, which thrives in sandy, well-drained soil, was the most widespread. The desert also supports white primroses and yellow-flowered brittlebush. According to hikers’ reports, the most uncommon flower in bloom this year was the purple notch-leaved phacelia.
More space and wildflowers: