After a wet winter, such as we might get in an El NiĂ±o year, the deserts of far southern California and adjacent areas of Mexico burst into flower in a way thatâ€™s hard to imagine if you visit in high summer when all is dry and brown.
This is a lovely mountainous landscape, hugely enriched by the blanket of colour after the rains. The picture shows part of the huge Anza-Borrego State Park in February, with the graceful white dune evening primrose Oenothera deltoides on the right, amid carpets of magenta sand verbena Abronia villosa. Dozens of other species occur in a good year.
Want to know more the parks department has all the information you need including details on a wildflower hotline.
Source: Bob Gibbons book of Wildflower Wonders of the World