California Wildflowers

Did you think California was called the Golden State because of the 1849 gold rush?

Nope.

California poppies

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.

California wildflowers

Poppies, forget-me-nots, goldfields, purple lupine, tidy tips and brittlebush…

California poppies

California wiildflwers

The hillsides, already blushing green with spring, take on a magical hue…

California wildflowers

…and then you know where the real gold fields of California can be found.

Hemet, CA

Diamond Valley Lake, Hemet, California. March 27, 2010.

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