In an magnificent display of natural beauty- Death Valley National Park, one of the hottest places on Earth—has transformed into a sea of wildflowers.
Despite its inhospitable climate, the below-sea-level basin in Furnace Creek, California — about 150 miles west of Las Vegas — is now teeming with millions of blooming wildflowers.
The national park, which occupies parts of California and Nevada, has more than 20 different types of wildflowers blooming there now, in what people have taken to calling a “superbloom.” Flowers started breaking through the dry earth back in November, but February has seen a total transformation, according to the National Park Service.
Death Valley’s colorful flower blanket began budding due to a perfect combination of the elements: periodic rainfall, solar warmth and reduced winds. El Niño, a climate cycle, has also brought more rain than usual to the valley.This type of super bloom is a nearly once-in-a-lifetime event, only happening every decade or so. If you have the opportunity, definitely plan a visit to the area to check out the stunning flowers.
Death Valley hasn’t seen a phenomenon like this since the early 2000’s.
“When I first came to work here in the early 1990s I kept hearing the old timers talk about super blooms as a near mythical thing – the ultimate possibility of what a desert wildflower bloom could be,” Death Valley National Park Ranger Alan Van Valkenburg said in a press release.
All images via National Park Service/Youtube.