The poppies that flourish in California's highest peaks and lowest valley's are making a giant splash after last month's rainfall.
In coming weeks, wildflowers will bloom in colorful profusion, carpeting the state's undulating hills and grassy valleys, especially in Southern California where the desert landscape and climate is especially suited to floral growth.
"The southern California deserts are having the finest spring bloom since the 'once in a lifetime' bloom of 2005," said Richard Minnich, a professor of geography in the Earth Sciences Department at the University of California, Irvine. "In this world of invasive grasses and mustards that outcompete our native wildflowers, this year's outstanding bloom is not only a result of heavy rainfall this winter, but also the collapse of invasive species during drought over the past 5 years."
For those looking to snag the perfect Instagram shot, the key times to visit your local poppy fields are betweennow and the end of March at lower elevations such as as the Coachella and Imperial Valleys and Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. Minnich suspects they'll be ankle- to knee-high in spring 2017.
// If you're looking to immediately go without planning a trip down south, either Russian Ridge in Redwood City or Edgewood park in San Carlos are good starts.
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