Since it was established as a NWR, the Department of the Interior and the US Fish and Wildlife Service have been working hard to restore the wetlands. They have built miles of boardwalk so that visitors can visit the springs without further damaging the environment -- and I think Forry and I walked on every foot of them!
This is part of the boardwalk and one of the bridges at Point of Rock Springs. The pupfish males here are a brilliant iridescent blue.
One of the most beautiful and plentiful wildflowers in the Refuge is the bright yellow desert Prince's Plume (Stanleya pinnata). This unusual plant accumulates toxic selenium from the soil.
More of the miles of boardwalk as well as some of the native plantings (and the temporary watering system) that the Refuge is attempting to re-establish.
In areas near the springs where the sun is already drying out the soil, like between the boardwalk area above, you can seen the salt crystals encrusted on the salt grass and thistles...
We did a lot of walking today and got quite a bit of sun. It was hot today! We are both tired. I KNOW that tomorrow will be a rest day!