California may have some great views (the state’s entire eastern border is beaches), but one they’re not used to is hill after hill of blooming wildflowers. See, Cali is notoriously dry — that’s why there are so many wildfires there — so it’s not often that the landscape gets enough water to reach its full flora potential. This year, however, the state had a record amount of winter rainfall and it’s resulted in an unprecedented boom of flowers, dubbed the “super bloom.”
In Canada, we’re totally spoiled when it comes to breathtaking nature, but for Californians, this is a big deal. So big a deal, in fact, that conservationists and Californian officials are concerned the thousands of people flocking to the flowering hills to get that perfect Instagram shot may actually ruin those fields.
Out of respect for California wildlife (and our bank accounts), we’re going to stay right here and just look at the incredible photos of the super bloom from afar. Care to join us?
Check out the stunning ‘super bloom’ that Californians can’t get enough of
“Poppy nightmare”This is the breathtaking landscape people were flocking to see. Officials had to close the Lake Elsinore Poppy Fields in Walker Canyon temporarily because the sheer number of people visiting the site “escalated beyond available resources.” Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Nature’s rush hourThe highways into Lake Elsinore have been unbelievably congested with people trying to catch a glimpse of the gorgeous hillsides. This photo was taken earlier in the season, and already cars were bumper to bumper trying to get a look. George Rose/Getty Images
The perfect shotIsn’t all that traffic worth it to capture a money shot like this?Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Or is this the perfect shot?Seriously, it’s hard to get a bad pic of these vibrantly coloured wildflowers.Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
A sea of orangeLiving out that Wizard of Oz-inspired dream to fall asleep in a field of poppies. Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Childhood highlightWe dare you to find something cuter than two kids frolicking on a hillside covered in flowers in full bloom.Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
Those coloursWe could stare at these for hours. Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images
PeekabooThis photo was taken a little further east at Diamond Valley Lake near Hemet, California. We hope this person is getting the perfect shot they came here for. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Perfect POVA bright blue Diamond Valley Lake is a stunning backdrop for those impossibly orange poppies. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Real life HDThe blooms are one thing but check out those lush green leaves. Incredible. ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images
Desert bloomOut in the desert, the blooms aren’t quite as numerous, but who can beat a perfectly-timed sunrise shot? AaronP/Bauer-Griffin/GC Images