If you are a wildflower hunter, especially one that looks for wildflowers that bloom in the desert, we have some wonderful news for you. Anticipating a better than average wildflower season in the California deserts, wildflower watchers have set up a “Death Valley Flowers” Facebook group to alert others where the wildflowers are blooming. Search for it on Facebook, it doesn't show up on a Google search.
Wet winters often result in colorful blooms of cactus and wildflowers in Death Valley National Park and desert areas east of the Sierra. In the beginning of 2010, the Armagosa River has been flowing steadily and water covers the lowest salt flats of Badwater Basin creating the infrequent appearance of Lake Manly, a shallow lake about eight inches deep and about three miles wide.
The National Park Service is now reporting tiny sprouts that appear like a “fuzz of green” on alluvial fans and hillsides. Within weeks those areas could be covered with wildflowers. Observers expect the wildflowers to bloom between late March and early April, 2010.
Each year is a little different, but the timeframe is often similar. Some years there is a light bloom, while other years like 2010 look like it will have quite an amazing spread of wildfflowers across the desert.
Wildflower updates are posted by Death Valley National Park at www.nps.gov/deva
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