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Floral Outburst in the Desert Part 1

A couple of weeks ago we found ourselves in Southern California. And just like in 2017, we were there during a “Super Bloom” event. Fortunately we had time to go make some images of the blooms. Unlike 2017, the best blooms were not on the Carizzo Plain. We found dense blooms in the vicinity of Anza-Borrego State Park and Joshua Tree National Park. We also did a drive-by of the poppy bloom near Temescal/Alberhill along I-15. We didn’t stop at Temescal/Alberhill because it was crazy. There were hundreds of people trying to get to the poppys at 9AM on a Monday. We can’t imagine how crazy the weekends must have been. But Joshua Tree in particular, was incredible. The density and diversity of flowering plants was overwhelming. The scent of blooming flowers almost overpowering when we got out of the vehicle along the south Entrance Road. We tried to make images of the mass but all of our attempts seemed to fall short of relaying the intensity of the bloom. Instead we tried to make images that captured some of the details of this incredible floral outburst in the desert. Here in Part 1 are images from the Carizzo Plain and the area around Anza-Borrego State Park. (Click on the photos for a larger view.)

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