Perfectly beautiful wildflowers after the storms


Last updated 4/17/2008 at Noon

Goldfields and California poppy

For desert wildflowers this year, the rains of winter were “the perfect storm,” according to Hank, a naturalist at the Anza-Borrego State Park visitor’s center in Borrego Springs.

Rains starting early, remaining slow and sustained for many weeks without becoming catastrophic, moderate temperatures and a slowly warming spring: this is the recipe for a fantastic bloom in the desert.

Years in which the desert gets massive flooding in winter will also produce excellent shows – and draw crowds from all over the world – but even without record rainfall this is proving to be an awesome...

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