Saturday, February 27, 2016

Death Valley Blooms

Desert Life

Desert GoldDeath Valley is the driest and hottest place in North America, where its average annual precipitation is 2.36 inches (60 mm) and the average temperature in July is 116°F (47 °C). Death Valley National Park, straddling the U.S. states of California and Nevada, is blooming with 20 kinds of wildflowers, including the desert gold (Geraea canescens), which is also called the desert-sunflower. Although this desert area receives sparse rainfall (it did receive a substantial rainfall in October 2015), it is full of biodiversity (incl. roadrunners, red-tailed hawks and bighorn sheep) and it is an area where wildflower blooms are not uncommon. This year, however, it is a super bloom. Tatiana Scholssberg writes for NYT: “It’s the best bloom there since 2005, according to Abby Wines, a spokeswoman for Death Valley National Park, and “it just keeps getting better and better.”The flowers started poking up in November, but the particularly colorful display emerged late last month in the park, which is mainly in California but stretches across the Nevada border.”
Photo Credit: National Park Service

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