Did you think California was called the Golden State because of the 1849 gold rush?
For a few brief weeks in the spring—and then only if there’s been enough rain in the winter— the wildflowers come out to play upon the desert hillsides.
Poppies, forget-me-nots, goldfields, purple lupine, tidy tips and brittlebush…
The hillsides, already blushing green with spring, take on a magical hue…
…and then you know where the real gold fields of California can be found.
Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet, California. March 27, 2010.