Posts tagged super bloom

All photos by Katherine Montgomery.

Anza Borrego Desert State Park has become an immensely popular destination of late, and this past weekend I joined my fellow Southern Californians to witness the super bloom in full effect.  As I drove into the park from the west, winding down into the Borrego Valley from the Cleveland National Forest, the landscape changed dramatically from oaks, white salvia, and ceanothus to low scrub and tall ocotillo branches tipped with red flower buds.  The scent of creosote and the blast of heat through the open windows were signs that we’d transitioned to a very different landscape.

The proximity of two very distinct biomes – noted by the quick change in temperature, elevation, smells, and colors – is one of the unique features of California.