California Blooming

by Gary Hawkins, April 5, 2017

The torrential rains of the Winter of 2016 set the scene for one of the most spectacular wildflowers blooms California has seen in many a year. As we rolled into Spring 2017, the deserts and hillsides burst into vibrant color, and we were lucky enough to be able to see some of the best areas.

Returning from the Lake Perris Teardrop Gathering, we detoured to Diamond Valley Lake. This is a man-made reservoir located near Hemet, CA; it is one of the largest in Southern California. However, this fine Spring day folks had not come for the boating or hiking, thousands were here just to see the incredible outburst of wildflowers along its plentiful shores.

Some of our favorite pictures from our visit are below:

Wildflowers in Full Bloom at Diamond Valley Lake, 2017

Wild Poppies @ Diamond Valley Lake 

Wildflowers at Diamond Valley Lake, 2017

Diamond Valley Lake Wildflowers

Diamond Valley Lake, one of the Largest Reservoirs in Southern California

Today, Few are Here for the Boating - Diamond Valley Lake

We were also fortunate to experience some of the best of the wild flower blooms in Anza Borrego State Park and in and around Walker Canyon near Lake Elsinore, CA.  Again, below are some of my favorite pictures from our visits:

Xaria Enjoying the Wildflowers at Anza Borrego State Park

Henderson Canyon Road, Anza Borrego in Full Bloom March 2017

More Xaria Fun with Wildflowers at Anza Borrego State Park 2017

Near the Visitors Center, Anza Borrego State Park

Wild Poppies at Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore

Wild Poppies at Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore

Wildflower at Walker Canyon, Lake Elsinore CA 2017

A Perfect Day Enjoying the Wildflowers

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