Winter Rain Causes Insta-Worthy Flower ‘Super Bloom’ In California Desert
By Sharelle Burt
Spring is in the air, on the west coast at least.
Hundreds of people flocked to the deserts of Southern California last year to witness the beautiful wildflowers that bloom in a spot that is typically destitute. It’s called the Super Bloom and it happens only after the winter season brings more rain than usual since it never rains in southern California, word to Tony! Toni! Toné!
The rare sighting is making an appearance again in the Anza-Borrego desert.
The Los Angeles region has gotten an unusual amount of rain during the winter months, with downtown LA getting a total of almost 13 inches of rain between October and February. That’s a 167 percent increase. Thanks to the rain, the desert, which is three hours away from the city, will be filled with elaborate colors and even more people ready to take pictures to post on Instagram.
“What we’re known for really, we have a large variety, 100 different types of flowers,” Superintendent of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park Kathy Dice said. “It’s very colorful.”
Somewhere between 250,000 and 500,000 people visited the desert to look and take pictures of the flowers in 2017. Although all the tourists left a sour taste in the locals’ mouth, they are used to it by now and are prepared. Port-a-potties will be set up around the popular sites.
While visitors come in, maps will be handed out for tourists to get to the flower fields, gas stations, and other needed spots. The Super Bloom is known for causing heavy foot traffic too. The Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve had so many selfies being captured that the trails had to be shut down to protect the delicate flowers.
Officials suggest that tourists make a plan to avoid all the traffic and gave advice on the best times to capture everything. “I think the morning is prime time,” Dice said. She suggests viewers drive a few miles away from the main gate of the park. There, they can see the Brown-Eyed Primrose, Little Gold Poppies, and Desert Sunflowers.