The Death Valley Superbloom – A Gallery of Flowers

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Desert Gold (Geraea canescens)  north of Stovepipe Wells

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.

Death Valley NP Wildflower update

 

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About victorvolta

I am a freelance photographer/writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area. I grew up in the very suburban city of Santa Clara. Education: San Jose State University (class of '84) BA degree in Journalism with concentrations in Photojournalism and English. Favorite Foods: Ribeye steaks and Stan's Doughnuts (separate plates, usually). Favorite Drinks: Strong gourmet coffee and Trader Joe's Blood Orange Italian Soda (separate cups).
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