California Deserts Experiencing 'Super Bloom' Due To Wet Winter
The deserts of southern California are blooming with wild flowers for the last few days. This is occuring due to unusual heavy winter rains, which hit the area.
Anza Borrego, which is California's largest State Park, and Walker Canyon (situated in the town of Lake Elsinore) have been covered with colorful flowers since mid-March.
The Deserts Are Blooming
Bloom is a term used to describe wild flowers that do not fall under the category of regular spring flowers. Various locations near the Borrego valley have been blooming with flowers for the past few days.
The area is filled with wild flowers like red monkey, purple canterbury, poppies, dandelions and desert lily.
"What's happened in the last four or five days is extraordinary. We really haven't had this kind of a bloom since 2005. The desert has really come alive," stated Kathy DeMunck who is the assistant manager at the Anza Borrego Desert's nature center.
The area around the Henderson Canyon Road is also blooming with wild flowers. This wild flower bloom can be described as one of the best in many years.
Why The Bloom?
There are varied reasons which may have led to this blooming of wild flowers on the desert landscape. The heavy rains led to the ending of the drought and it was followed by cold weather, which must have locked the moisture into the desert ground.
The local merchants are not complaining as they have see it as a blessing. Thanks to the bloom, tourists from around the country are flocking to the region to witness the phenomenon. The merchants are calling it the "wildlife tourist season."
Tourists In The Desert
In the past, Southern California families would go trekking or watch the blooming wild flowers at Anza Borrego desert annually. However, for the last five years, it was not possible because of the drought. Now, after the blooming though, these trips have started again.
People from Europe, Asia and Africa are also visiting the desert in a bid to check out this bloom, which is leading to a lot of congestion near these areas.
Officials are warning visitors about the traffic conditions and are also requesting them to carry sufficient water to prevent dehydration.
The images of the bloom are circulating on social networking sites, which has led to its popularity. This is also the reason behind people visiting the site from all over the world.
In 2016, a similar kind of bloom was noticed in Califronia's Death Valley. It is described as the driest and the warmest place on Earth, but it had been blooming with flowers.
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