People are flocking to an unlikely destination this month: Death Valley.
Death Valley holds the world record for the hottest recorded temperature on Earth — in 1972, its ground temperatures reached 93 degrees Celcius.
So, it’s not an ideal vacation spot — or even a lunch spot — but this month people are making an exception.
Recently, the valley burst into a beautiful sea of gold and purple flowers that’s unlike anything seen in over a decade, when a rare super bloom covered the valley in 2005.
With a few months left in the rainy season, park rangers are optimistic that more flowers are on their way, making the conditions right for the first super bloom in 11 years. But even, right now, the desert is pretty spectacular:
Instead of struggling through the extreme heat and dryness throughout most of the year, these desert flowers spend most of their time as dormant seeds in the ground.
This year's unusually strong El Niño's brought strong rains to the valley. Last October, Death Valley received about 1.5 inches of rain, which is close to how much it usually receives in an entire year. It was enough to spark a giant bloom this month.
Most of the flowers you see here are yellow Desert Golds and purple hued Notchleaf Phacelia and Sand Verbena flowers.
There's also the distinctive Desert Five-Spot, which has five, large red spots on its inner petals, shown below:
If you want an experience of a lifetime, then you might want to head down to Death Valley before the blooms close up and seed again.
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