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Sunday 20 October 2019

Rain brings ‘super bloom’ of wildflowers to desert area in California

The colour is so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above.

A woman sits in a field of wildflowers in bloom in California (Gregory Bull/AP)
A woman sits in a field of wildflowers in bloom in California (Gregory Bull/AP)

By Associated Press Reporter

A desert area of Southern California is experiencing a burst of colour as the region enjoys a stunning “super bloom” of wildflowers.

It started with the desert lilies in December. Since then a wave of wildflower blooms has been springing up across the Anza-Borrego desert.

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People walk among the wildflowers near Borrego Springs, California (Gregory Bull/AP)

The colour is so vivid it can be seen from mountain tops thousands of feet above.

Two years after steady rain followed by warm temperatures caused seeds dormant for decades under the desert floor to burst open and produce the spectacular super bloom display, another winter soaking this year is expected to create an even better show.

Having two super blooms in two years is highly usual.

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Rene Garcia holds her three-month-old son Brandon amid the wildflowers (Gregory Bull/AP)

In California, super blooms happen about once in a decade in a given area, and they have been occurring less frequently with the drought.

The 2017 super bloom was the best seen in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in 20 years and drew mass crowds to Borrego Springs, a town of 3,500 people near the park.

“There’s just an abundance in where it’s blooming and it’s coming in waves,” said Betsy Knaak, executive director of the Anza-Borrego Desert Natural History Association, which tracks the blooms.

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People in California enjoy a spectacular display dubbed the super bloom (Gregory Bull/AP)

On a recent day, she wandered through swathes of bright yellow and acres of purple outside Borrego Springs.

Families, retired couples and college students walked around the fields trying to capture the natural wonder in photos.

Stephen Rawding drove out from Carlsbad, north of San Diego, to take photos with his girlfriend after a friend told him it was better than the super bloom in 2017.

“It’s unreal,” he said. “It’s just like they said — so beautiful.”

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