Native California Superblooms!

The best time to experience massive displays of California’s native wildflowers is between late February and early April. Every once and awhile, when the right combination of rain and temperature occurs, our wildflower populations experience what is colorfully called a superbloom!

You can check for local conditions here.

Between Feb 29 – March 1, 2016, we were lucky enough to explore the wonderful Death Valley Superbloom.

Here’s the route we took for our three day trip:

1. Drive to Lone Pine and spend the night at a comfy motel.
2. Get up pre-dawn, run outside and catch the morning light hitting the eastern Sierra Nevada.
3. Drive to Stovepipe Wells in Death Valley and snag a camp spot EARLY (all the motels in the valley will likely be booked).
4. Drive south toward Badwater. The best yellow Desert Sunflower explosions are often past Badwater. The best area we found on our trip was about 10 miles south.
5. Keep driving to Ashford Junction. About a couple miles before the Junction, the Sand Verbenas will likely be in wild display.
6. Drive back to Stovepipe Wells. Go to the bar and enjoy yourself.
7. Next morning head north toward Scotty’s Castle. Stop from time to time whether or not you see flowers from the car. There is a whole new set of species that you will have seen on your trip to Badwater.
8. Come back here and share some of your photos!

Enjoy some of our photos from the 2016 Death Valley Superbloom below.

Sierra Range of Light bThe Range of Light in the morning from Lone Pine.

death-valley-phacelia-phacelia-vallis-mortae-bDeath Valley Phacelia (Phacelia vallis-mortae).

desert-chicory-bDesert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana).

Devils GC b.jpgDevil’s Golf Course.

5-spot-eremalche-rotundifolia-bDesert 5 Spot (Eremalche rotundifolia).

desert-5-spot-with-friend-bDesert 5 Spot with a sixth spot friend.

baby-bHuman emerging from the bloom.

baby-with-parents-bProspective parents consider emerging sunflower baby.

boot-with-pollen-bPollen and Boots!

calthaleaf-phacelia-phacelia-calthifolia-bCaltha Leafed Phacelia (Phacelia calthifolia).

brown-eyed-evening-primrose-camissonia-claviformis-bBrown eyed Evening Primrose (Camissonia claviformis).

camissonia-boothii-bottle-washer-bBottle Washer (Camissonia boothii).

camissonia-brevipes-bCamissonia brevipes.

creosote-bCreosote hanging out at the bottom of Ubehebe Crater.

dead-shrub-bThe last stand.

sand-verbena-abronia-villosa-bSand Verbena (Abronia villosa).

sand-verbena-abronia-villosa-ii-bThe full Monty.

SF and Mountain snow b.jpgTelescope Peak and friends.

shrike-with-bug-ii-bLoggerhead Shrike at lunch.

shrike-iv-bAfter lunch.

Gilia cana Showy Gilia b.jpgShowy Gilia (Gilia cana).

gravel-ghost-atrichoseris-platyphylla-bGravel Ghost (Atrichoseris platyphylla).

mohavea-breviflora-bMohavea breviflora.

painters-palate-ii-bArtist’s Palate.

me-i-bThe Photographer.

Pete III.jpgThe Photographer’s pal.

sierra-range-of-light-bReturning to the Range of Light with the Owen’s Lake carpet.

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