Two years ago the desert experienced a rare super bloom with an amazing number of desert flowers suddenly sprouting across the valley. This year Coachella Valley had record rainfalls and the super bloom strikes again. Colorful desert flowers are everywhere. You can see them in empty fields, on the side of the highways and around the snowcapped mountains. The rains also unleashed millions of painted lady butterflies that were were flying in droves.
During the 2017 super bloom, we drove to Borrego Springs to check out the flowers. But this year the flowers are throughout our backyard. Shortly after the remarkably low snow levels, fields of yellow flowers were off the side of the road with the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains in the background covered with snow.
An amazing, close to home viewing spot, is near the south entrance of Joshua Tree National Park, which is off Interstate 10. The purple lupine and gold poppies were in abundance and breathtaking. We parked near the “Entering Joshua Tree National Park” sign and walked carefully around the sea of flowers. In addition to flowers, there were wild Ocotillo plants randomly growing on the desert floor. It was peaceful and serene.
If you don’t want to join the crowds and traffic congestion at Walker Canyon or Borrego Springs, check out the super bloom at other local areas such as Indian Canyons, Coachella Valley Preserve or inside Joshua Tree National Park as highlighted in the Desert Sun Newspaper.
The desert constantly changes and each day I wake up thankful to be living in paradise. The rising and setting sun lights up the mountains with vibrant colors. If you want to own a piece of paradise, please contact me. I love the share all the delights of the desert.