Abundant showers mean brilliant flowers for a California desert.
Canyons, sands and badlands are now speckled with yellows, purples and pinks inside the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.
After years of severe drought, California experienced one of its wettest winters on record. Those rains have fueled a once-in-a-decade wildflower “super bloom” in the park seen in drone footage captured on a sunny day earlier this week.
A New York Times video also captures the super bloom in 360 degrees at the park, which is located about 90 miles east of San Diego and sits inside the Colorado Desert.
“It has a chance to be the biggest [bloom] in 20 years,” botanist Jim Dice, who manages a field research center in the park, told the Los Angeles Times.
Among the super-blooming wildflowers are bright yellow Parish’s poppies, desert lilies, desert sunflowers, dune evening primrose, monkeyflower, whispering bells and the Little Gold poppy, according to the state park.
The unusually colorful landscape has drawn so many visitors that the typically empty park is experiencing heavy traffic congestion and faulty cell service, authorities advised.
Dice said the bloom is now at its peak, meaning wildflower seekers shouldn’t delay if they plan to visit this natural wonder.
Video credit: YouTube/Jeff Webber via Storyful