California’s Mojave Desert is in bloom. Despite the lack of precipitation most of this year, the late-season rain in February resulted in a desert full of color. Yellow, orange, white, blue, purple and red flowers blanket fields that provide beautiful backdrops and are photographer’s dream.
Although some of the desert’s most common wildflowers, such as Desert Dandelions, are past their prime and quickly disappearing, others are in full bloom. The Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve near Lancaster, Calif., reports they are at prime viewing season.
The flowers along the backroad through Lucerne Valley to Big Bear and the San Bernardino County Mountains are also in their prime wildflower viewing season now. A dozen or more varieties can be seen and it is one of the few places where Joshua Tree blooms can still be found.
Wildflowers also remain in abundance near Barstow and Joshua Tree as well as going up Highway 395 towards Bishop. Another great location is Pear Blossom Highway between Victorville and Palmdale.