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California’s Super Bloom

April 10, 2017

If you live in California (or even if you don’t), you’ve undoubtedly heard about our “super bloom” of flowers right now. Viral facebook posts have caused people to turn out in droves to see fields of flowers as far as the eye can see in various parts of southern and central California.

California, I love you!

Well, I’m always up for a reason to break out the camera (it’s been getting a little dusty lately, although it did get a quick jaunt across the pond a few weeks ago) so a girlfriend and I headed up there this past weekend to see if we could find all these supposedly ubiquitous flowers.

I just love the colors here so much!

Because of this post I saw on facebook, we decided to head 3.5 hours north to the Carrizo Plain National Monument:

Unfortunately our late arrival meant we didn’t have the time to climb up to this point. =( But we did still enjoy what we did see.

God is the best artist!

The drive north was fairly uneventful, although we managed to make it interesting with several long stops that caused us to not arrive at our hiking destination until 4 pm! I had hoped to be up there by 1 pm at the latest. If you go, get there early! 

Right now there are lots of visitors and you will have to drive on a narrow, dusty, and rut-riddled single-lane “road” that is serving as a two-lane road! It is a bit of a crazy ride, and thanks to all the traffic it ends up being quite the windy, dusty stop when you do get out of your car to get pictures. Perhaps by arriving early you can avoid some of the traffic congestion and dust.

The drive up was so incredibly beautiful!

But in spite of all the traffic and wind and dust (and we even got some rain!), we still managed to get some great pictures at all of our stops along the way. And I promise, I’m doing my best to post only a *few* pictures.

When the sun shone on these hills, all those yellow flowers lit up and highlighted the ridges of the hills. It was kinda amazing.

I love windmills! And hills of yellow flowers. =)

Love. This.

Before you arrive at the dirt road that leads you to the hike to find the pictures you see in the facebook post, you will pass a lot of green flower-covered hills that are worth stopping at to get some pictures. (Note: the place to hike is not well-identified. You might only notice it by the cars parked along the road. When in doubt, follow the crowd.)

All the yellow lit up by the sun

We stopped at several beautiful places and could have spent hours up there if we weren’t in desperate search of a bathroom by that point. Tip: There are only TWO toilets at the Carrizo Plain National Monument Visitor Center off of Soda Lake Road. When we arrived there, the line was so long that it took us 30 minutes to get to use the restroom (it was at this point that it rained on us, at two different times). What an adventure it ended up being. But we had a great time and I LOVED getting to take some pretty pictures again.

Monique matches the flowers wherever she goes. 😉

Sometimes there were pretty views with no place to pull off, so we made do with shots out the window.

One of my faves

So much beauty.


It’s a great time to be out in nature in California right now. Get out there and enjoy it!

So. Many. Flowers.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. Daniel Nguyen permalink
    April 10, 2017 6:49 pm

    it’s really gorgeous. Hope you can post more pics during ur journey.

  2. April 19, 2017 6:06 pm

    So, so beautiful!

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