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Looks nice. I enjoyed the beginnings of the Super Bloom on my motorcycle in Borrego Springs a few weeks back. If you really want breathtaking drive through Joshua Tree of Mojave National Preserve.
 
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My photo from this morning made my local California Central Coast NBC News (KSBY)...
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Where is this?

Down towards San Diego or Carlsbad? Off the 5?
 

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ahh, a bit too far from OC... dang...!
 

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For a quick view, yes.

My wife and I are both long time OC natives. We visit family down there about 1x a calendar quarter. Time your drive right and it's about a 4 hour one way drive to our house (just north of the city of SLO). Add another hour to this location.

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As a So Cal, it has to be put on a bucket list to see a Super Bloom that only happens sparingly.
 

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ahh, a bit too far from OC... dang...!
Steve, When they open the gates at Maple Springs you can enjoy the blooms also. Just head up to 4 corners and hang a left toward the old cabin at Beeks. The road to Holy Jim Falls trailhead (off Trabuco Creek Road) has awesome views this time of year as well.

For a quick view, yes.

My wife and I are both long time OC natives. We visit family down there about 1x a calendar quarter. Time your drive right and it's about a 4 hour one way drive to our house (just north of the city of SLO). Add another hour to this location.

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As a So Cal, it has to be put on a bucket list to see a Super Bloom that only happens sparingly.
In the desert it is more common than you would expect. Just keep an eye on the weather patterns and go in the spring a few days after a good rain.

I also live in OC and even on my local mountain bike trails the greenery is breathtaking right now.
 
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Took the family for an hour drive out to the Carrizo Plain / Soda Lake (California) area to see the flora and fauna today, 03/18/2023. We're about 5-7 days too early for the complete Super Bloom to hit the entire range.

This will have to do for now...
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Beautiful pics. What is it that's blooming? Being from Chicago I'm not familiar. Looks like Canola flowers..
EDIT: A Google search filled me in - WOW! Seems to be a special year out there. Pretty spectacular...
 

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Beautiful pics. What is it that's blooming? Being from Chicago I'm not familiar. Looks like Canola flowers..
EDIT: A Google search filled me in - WOW! Seems to be a special year out there. Pretty spectacular...
TY. The local news channel apparently felt the same way as they published my photo.

It is a natural spectacle to behold. It is absolutely stunning in Super Bloom years when very specific rain and sun patterns must occur in a near exact way. And to be honest, what I captured is just at maybe 1/5th of what is to come in the next few days after the rain stops and the sun kicks in for over a week.

Certain parts of the country have their fall color changes, that we have witnessed and enjoyed in person as well (family in Connecticut with an 80 acre parcel), but nothing, NOTHING, compares to this region specific colorful spectacle. AND I'M COLOR BLIND! 馃槀

This is what I mean by the best is yet to come...
 

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TY. The local news channel apparently felt the same way as they published my photo.

It is a natural spectacle to behold. It is absolutely stunning in Super Bloom years when very specific rain and sun patterns must occur in a near exact way. And to be honest, what I captured is just at maybe 1/5th of what is to come in the next few days after the rain stops and the sun kicks in for over a week.

Certain parts of the country have their fall color changes, that we have witnessed in person as well (family in Connecticut with an 80 acre parcel), but nothing, NOTHING, compares to this region specific colorful spectacle.

This is what I mean by the best is yet to come...
Yeah, I searched around and saw some of these images - they are really amazing. Photography's been a hobby for the past 50 years, and I've got to say I've never seen or heard of this in all that time, unfortunately. We're going to be heading west in May to camp in a few of California's National Parks and I'm wishing we were out there now...
 

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I'm a native Californian that lives within a few hours of 2 of the national parks (NP) that I list below. My order of favorite California NP's are:

#1) *Sequoia NP (still my happiest zen place on earth since I was a young adult [55 yo now])
#2) Lassen Volcanic NP
#3) Redwoods NP
#4) Yosemite NP

*Kings Canyon NP (my favorite NP as a young kid) is connected to Sequoia NP. Its easy to visit both over a few days.

NOTE: Recent year fires have done significant damage to #1, #2 and #4 (maybe #3 as well, didn't check). Be sure to research before you go, so you don't feel cheated by burnt trunks/stumps all around you (and the associated smell).

If you have any questions on sight seeing suggestions within any of the aforementioned NP's, I would be happy to assist.

Start here for California specific NP details:
Best of luck to you if you decide to visit any of these NP's and safe travels.
 

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I'm a native Californian that lives within a few hours of 2 of the national parks (NP) that I list below. My order of favorite California NP's are:

#1) *Sequoia NP (still my happiest zen place on earth since I was a young adult [55 yo now])
#2) Lassen Volcanic NP
#3) Redwoods NP
#4) Yosemite NP

*Kings Canyon NP (my favorite NP as a young kid) is connected to Sequoia NP. Its easy to visit both over a few days.

NOTE: Recent year fires have done significant damage to #1, #2 and #4 (maybe #3 as well, didn't check). Be sure to research before you go, so you don't feel cheated by burnt trunks/stumps all around you (and the associated smell).

If you have any questions on sight seeing suggestions within any of the aforementioned NP's, I would be happy to assist.

Start here for California specific NP details:
Best of luck to you if you decide to visit any of these NP's and safe travels.
We'll be doing all but Yosemite, we've been there about 6 years ago. We've got a bucket list to try to make it to all the NP's before we croak - 47 so far. Likely won't hit all the Alaska sites, but we've been enjoying the challenge. It'd be nice if they'd stop adding new parks for a while 馃槈
Thanks for the offer, I may contact you as the planning gets more involved.
 

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IIRC, we've been to 17 NP's. It's a great way to travel. Plenty to see here in the good old USA.
It looks like Sequoia in particular has been hit hard by the recent storms, with a lot of damage to roads, etc. Something that I didn't really consider - I was thinking more about fire damage... And they are worried about additional storms this week according to their site. We may need to reconsider things and come up with a Plan B, maybe the newest NP, New River Gorge in WV. IDK, we love heading West...
 

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