When you think of the desert, you probably imagine miles of uninhabited sand and dirt. But for a few weeks each year, one Southern California desert explodes into a sea of colorful blooms.
Anza-Borrego State Park, located just east of San Diego, is enjoying an especially colorful blooming season this year. Heavy rains during the winter have caused a so-called “superbloom,” igniting the barren desert into a vast span of stunning wildflowers.
Although many trek to the park each year to see this yearly occurrence, 2017’s “superbloom” is one of the biggest and most impressive in over a decade.
The land is covered with thousands of bright orange, purple and yellow blossoms. Nearly every inch of the 630,000-acre park is now painted with color.
After a nearly five-year-long drought, tourists and locals are visiting by the thousands to see this rare sight. Sadly, high temperatures and hungry insects are already beginning to work away at the blooms.
Want to check out the superbloom for yourself? Experts say there will still be plenty of color to admire for the next couple of weeks. You can visit the Anza-Borrego State Park website for more information.
But if you’d rather admire the sight from the comfort of your own home, try searching through the hashtag #superbloom2017 on your favorite social media pages.