outhern California is experiencing an exuberant early spring. For the first time in years the drought riddled landscape is carpeted with orange poppies, purple sand verbena, among other wildflowers.
This burst of color is being called the California Super Bloom of 2017.
The heavy rains from the winter contributed to this explosion of colorful wildflowers.
On Monday, families braved the 90-degree heat and flocked to a field in Wildomar to take spring and Easter photos. The fields were covered with the vibrant orange poppies that danced in the wind.
Rachel Valenzuela trekked from Hemet with her three children to Wildomar just for family photos among the poppies.
“This is a big year for our family. We just adopted Mylie and I found out I am pregnant,” said Valenzuela. “I wanted to get photos of Mylie with her new brother and sister.”
Heather Williams dressed her daughter up to resemble Laura Ingalls in the book, “Little House on the Prairie”, with braids and a sundress.
“These will be our Easter photos,” said Williams.
The super bloom could last until the end of March depending on the weather. The following are a list of locations where you can view the wildflowers. Park Rangers would like to remind the public not to pick the wild flowers even if they are blooming on non-protected land.
- Anza-Borrego Desert State Park
- Walker Canyon just north of Lake Elsinore by I-15
- Weir Canyon Loop in Anaheim Hills
- Wildomar off of Clinton Keith
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