March 29, 2017
Rains transform valleys, deserts into profusion of color
INLAND EMPIRE – (INT) - California’s bloom of wildflowers is especially rich this year, the result of more rain than usual since December. The “super bloom” of wildflowers has transformed the inland valleys desert into a panorama of colors.

Richard Minnich, a professor of geography, has written a book on California’s wildflowers.

“We are seeing a large bloom of wildflowers because rain has followed a long period of drought. Drought gets rid of weeds that compete with flowers. We had five years of drought, then rain, and so wildflowers have taken off,” Minnich said.

Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet is showing off its poppies, California’s official state flower.
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