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Wildflowers Color Californian Deserts

IN PICTURES: California's deserts have transformed into fields of color thanks to heavy rains.
After years of drought, California's deserts are in bloom. Colorful wildflowers have sprung up among the once-harsh landscape, transforming the terrain into a sea of yellow, violet and orange.
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After years of drought,  California’s rainy boom has come as a surprise to meteorologists.
After years of drought, California’s rainy boom has come as a surprise to meteorologists. Photo:AFP
Orange, yellow and purple wildflowers paint the hills of the Temblor Range at Carrizo Plain National Monument near Taft, Calif. The super bloom is so massive that it can be seen on satellite imagery.
Orange, yellow and purple wildflowers paint the hills of the Temblor Range at Carrizo Plain National Monument near Taft, Calif. The super bloom is so massive that it can be seen on satellite imagery. Photo:AFP
Purple phacelia and orange checker fiddlenecks flourish in the rare bloom.
Purple phacelia and orange checker fiddlenecks flourish in the rare bloom. Photo:AFP
The California poppy, which is orange, is native to California and Mexico.
The California poppy, which is orange, is native to California and Mexico. Photo:AFP
Bicolor lupine flowers bloom in the desert.
Bicolor lupine flowers bloom in the desert. Photo:AFP
Chias and California poppies, which will remain closed until warmed by direct sunlight, bloom along Diamond Valley Lake after a long drought.
Chias and California poppies, which will remain closed until warmed by direct sunlight, bloom along Diamond Valley Lake after a long drought. Photo:AFP
Daises cover a field in the once dry Californian desert.
Daises cover a field in the once dry Californian desert. Photo:AFP
Ranch hands drive cattle to a new pasture amid the super bloom.
Ranch hands drive cattle to a new pasture amid the super bloom. Photo:AFP
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