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California Deserts In 'Super Bloom' Thanks To A Wet Winter

Mar 17, 2017

Anza-Borrego, Califonia's largest state park

People are scattered throughout the hills and valleys of Anza-Borrego, taking in the beauty of a rare "super bloom" of wild flowers.

NIna Gregory/NPRIn some parts of the country, cold weather is threatening crops. Meanwhile, California has been so unseasonably wet that its deserts are experiencing what's called a "super bloom." After years of drought, the normally arid desert is lush. "It just looks like a sea of flowers," says Janet Gordon, a geologist from Los Angeles.

Visitors have flocked from as far as Asia and Africa to see the rare floral bloom in the California desert.

"You got purple, red, yellows and blues," adds Joe Sheidness, visiting from San Diego. "It's fantastic," says Dennis Brian, from Reno, Nev., who says he was a flower child in the 1960s. "You don't see this very often. The little flowers look so delicate, but yet they're prolific. They're everywhere."

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