California’s Wildflower Super Bloom

An occurrence usually limited to once a decade, this spring’s wildflower super bloom in California comes only 2 years after the previous display.

Steep valleys in the foothills of the Temblor Range, carpeted with Coreopsis (yellow) and Phacelia (purple) with patches of orange California poppy.


The dry and arid conditions of the California desert might not be where you’d expect to see an explosion of colourful wildflowers. But, given the right combination of conditions – winter rainfall, favourable temperatures (plus an absence of damaging winds), the desert comes alive with colour. Orange poppies, yellow goldfields and purple lupins are just some of the exhibits on display. Jack Dykinga was fortunate enough to be on hand to photograph this phenomenon over the last two weeks, and the results are simply stunning…

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