California's Wildflowers Are Freaking Out, Can Be Seen From Space

CC BY 2.0. Bob Wick/BLM/Flickr

After years of devastating drought, the Golden State's bodacious blooms are having a raucous celebration.

The wildflowers in California are exploding, to the delight of flower-lovers the world over. Hundreds of different kinds of wildflowers take to the state's hills when the conditions allow; but for the last five years the drought has made things difficult for the colorful blooms. With loads of rain this winter, however, the flowers are back and better than ever. So exuberant are they, in fact, that the so-called “super bloom” can even be seen from space!

Bob Wick, BLM Wilderness Specialist and Photographer, writes:

The super bloom has migrated north to California's Central Valley and the show is simply indescribable at the Carrizo Plain National Monument. The Valley floor has endless expanses of yellows and purples from coreopsis, tidy tips and phacelia, with smaller patches of dozens of other species. Not to be outdone, the Temblor Range is painted with swaths of orange, yellow and purple like something out of a storybook. I have never seen such a spectacular array of blooms. Ever.


Bob Wick/BLM/Flickr/CC BY 2.0

KQED reports that the blooming goodness goes from March to July. While it’s over in the places shown in the satellite images taken by Planet Labs, the bloom is just now starting in Northern California’s coastal areas; some parts of the state with later snowmelt, like Lassen Volcanic National Park, will be abloom in the summer.


© Planet Labs via KQED

If you’re in the area and need a live wildflower fix – we should all be so lucky – see Visit California’s list for peak wildflower times by location. And for armchair flower lovers, you can at least see the view from on-high in the Planet Labs photos above and in the video below.