Death Valley is experiencing a rare “super bloom”. This is when the valley floor is covered in the yellow of the Desert Gold flower. Every spring, some wildflowers bloom, but you very seldom see the amount currently on display.The last times there were so many happened in 2005 and 1998, both El Nino years.
“If you get the chance to see a bloom in Death Valley, especially a super bloom, you should take the opportunity to see it because it could be a once in a lifetime opportunity.” – Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg
Death Valley is a very dry place and the average rainfall is only 2 inches. There are years when it doesn’t rain at all. Last October, a storm brought more than 3 inches of rain to parts of the valley which caused many seeds to germinate and now create this beautiful display.
I had never been in Death Valley during wildflower blooming season, now was the perfect time to go for a little extended weekend. It was a very long drive, but it was worthwhile. The display was absolutely stunning.
Here is a gallery with my favorites (click on a thumbnail for a full page view):
- San Francisco Open Studios Weekend 3: Big Daddy's Antiques, October 28/29, 11am – 6 pm
- San Francisco Open Studios Weekend 4: Room&Board, November 4/5, 11am – 6pm
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