Parts of Southern California are experiencing "super blooms" of flowers . Walker Canyon and the city of Lake Elsinore, about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles, have an ongoing super bloom of orange poppies. Tourists are clogging the valley’s roads with cars in their efforts to see the flowers . DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite photographed the bursts of color and activity from space on Tuesday. The hot, dry hillsides of Southern California are normally covered in drab desert scrub. But some of them harbor a colorful secret: millions of flowers that wait for the perfect conditions to bloom. Over the past month, the just-right combination of ample rain from December and stable cooler temperatures arrived in Walker Canyon, which is about 50 miles southeast of Los Angeles. This triggered a " super bloom " of dazzling orange poppy flowers that the area typically sees only once every 10 years. Hordes of tourists have since descended upon the nearby city of Lake Elsinore, filling the roads with traffic and stuffing the hillsides with people who are trying to get a perfect Instagram selfie with the flowers. People walk in a super bloom of poppies in Lake Elsinore, California on February 27, […]


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