This post is for all you wildflower lovers out there.
All the predictions regarding El Nino got wildflower enthusiasts excited about this spring’s blooms. The expected storms haven’t materialized in Southern California – at least not yet – but some of the best wildflower areas farther north have gotten quite a bit of rainfall, and the wildflower season should be average or better.
The big news is about Death Valley National Park. Right now, it appears that Death Valley is experiencing a once-in-a-decade bloom. If you’d like to see more about this, there’s a nice video on YouTube featuring Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg. Go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=LJbcWFTBn08
Two good wildflower resources are Desert USA and the Theodore Payne Foundation. Desert USA posts up-to-date reports with photos covering California, Arizona and other western states. Go to www.desertusa.com/wildflo/wildupdates.
The Theodore Payne Foundation publishes weekly reports on California wildflowers every Friday March through May. Go to www.theodorepayne.org/education/wildflower-hotline/
The photo above was taken a few years ago at Gorman, right off Interstate 5, an hour north of Los Angeles.