February 15, 2016
The vaunted Death Valley ‘super bloom’, as some of the rangers have described recently, was as bountiful as advertised. I drove from the Bay Area on Sunday & Monday (2/7 & 2/8) to camp in the valley and frolic in the desert. But more than anything, it was a chance to photograph a rare occurrence of the amazing blooms. Wildflowers do bloom in Death Valley every year, but because of earlier rains and optimal weather lately, the conditions were right for widespread fields of incredible variety to spring forth. I’ve driven across Death Valley and the Mojave Desert many times so I know the ephemeral nature of the wildflower season. I could return in two weeks and find nothing but barren fields and dried stalks where the blooms were. If any of you readers are inclined to go, don’t delay. Also keep an eye on the Death Valley National Park website for updates. The information staff does an exemplary job of updating the site regarding weather, road closures, and even the wildflower status.