While I was out in the El Paso area, I got introduced to these beautiful little flowers called Mexican Gold Poppies. They are a very early season flower. From what I understand, they can start blooming in early as late January in the Desert Southwest, but by April they are just about finished blooming. This is exceptionally early for a wildflower, even this far south.
I found these ones growing near the Border Patrol Museum, which I think technically might actually be on Fort Bliss property. Our guide told us that these were among the last of this season's poppy blooms.
I do not know if this flower is a close relative of the famous California Poppies or not.
I do know that these Mexican gold poppies are beloved by the locals in El Paso-Juarez-Las Cruces. They are to the Chihuahuan Desert what the Bluebonnet is to the Texas Hill Country. An extremely popular, early-season flower that everybody loves!