Friday, March 4, 2016

Flowers: California deserts now in bloom (video)

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Wildflowers around shrub in field near Badwater Basin during rare “super bloom” in Death Valley National Park. Park Service updates best spots to see flowers throughout bloom (AP).
Rare Death Valley "super bloom" carpets desert with colorful flowers
Normal sand dunes of DeathValley National Park, California, now carpeted in flowers.

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DEATH VALLEY NAT'L PARK, California - A rare "super bloom" of wildflowers in Death Valley National Park has covered the hottest and driest place in North America with a carpet of gold.

It is attracting tourists from all over the world and enchanting visitors with a stunning display from nature's colorful paint brush.

The National Park Service updates information on the best spots to see flowers throughout the bloom (websites below).

The wildflowers are being brought back to Los Angeles (
(March 4th, 2016) Here are some things to know about this once-in-a-decade event:

Death Valley National Park holds a world record for the hottest temperature ever recorded: 134 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius) on July 10, 1913. It's also home to the lowest elevation in North America, a place that's 282 feet below sea level, called Badwater Basin.

Every spring, some wildflowers bloom before it gets scorching hot, but the abundance of flowers this year is extremely unusual and happens about once every 10 years.

The last time there was a bloom of this magnitude was in 2005, and the time before that was in 1998.

Orchid-like passion flowers are from space...or at least Asia, showing the tremendous diversity of the plant kingdom, as distinct from animals, mushrooms, minerals...
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Death Valley's average annual rainfall is 2 inches a year, and sometimes, it gets no rain at all.

This season, the park got three very rare storms in the first two weeks of October that dropped more than 3 inches of rain in some parts of the valley. That was enough to trigger the growth of millions of wildflower seeds that have been dormant, awaiting significant rainfall.

No one knows how long seeds can wait for rain, but some flowers blossomed in 2005 that had never been seen in the park -- indicating their seeds had been dormant for many years.
Photos: What kind of flowers?
The most abundant and eye-catching wildflower is the aptly named desert gold, a large, bright yellow bloom that looks like a daisy. The stems this year are growing to waist height, and the flowers cover entire hillsides and vast areas of the valley floor in the southern section of the park. These flowers are easily enjoyed from the car.

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Patient sightseers who get out of their cars can see many more species. More than 20 species of wildflower bloom in the park at various elevations.

Some of the other more common flowers include the deep purple phacelia; the desert five-spot, a delicate pink flower with five burgundy spots around its center; the gravel ghost, a delicate white flower that appears to be floating above ground like a ghost because its stem is so thin it's almost invisible; and various types of desert primrose.

Mestiza woman of Sangley, circa 1875, USA (WLS)
Now, the best flower show is at the south end of Death Valley National Park along Badwater Road, south of Furnace Creek. As the temperature rises, those flowers will fade, and the bloom will move north and to higher elevations.

The National Park Service updates information on the best spots to see flowers throughout the bloom. For updates, visit or [Deva? A deva is a Buddhist, Hindu, Jain woodland fairy, elemental, angel, royal, celestial, being of light -- there being many kinds of devas or, literally, "shining ones."]

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The show won't last forever. Most of the flowers will wither in the next few weeks as temperatures start to rise.

Some flowers may be around as late as June at higher elevations, but those won't be as easy to see from a car and could require hiking. More

Weekend to feature heavy rain and winds across CaliforniaWeekend to feature heavy rain and winds across California California's withering winter dry spell [or infamous geoengineering-chemtrail drought] will end this weekend as a series of storms move through the state, the National Weather Service said. More
Obama grants monument status to vast swath of California desert
Joshua trees display unusually abundant booms in the Cima Dome area of the Mojave Nat'l Preserve. Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic California desert wilderness, including land to connect this preserve to other established national monuments and national parks in area (David DanelskiThe Press-Enterprise via AP).
President B. Obama is granting national monument status to nearly 1.8 million acres of scenic Southern California desert, a move the White House says will maintain in perpetuity the region's fragile ecosystem and natural resources, as well as provide recreational opportunities for hikers, campers, hunters, and others. More

California growth spurt after spring rains will result in an intense summer fire season.

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