once-in-a 100 years bloom

death valley ca 2005
Fuji GX617 panorama camera - March 4, 2005 the hottest and driest landscape in the western hemisphere bloomed a once-in-a-hundred year bloom. Record rainfall and ideal temperatures produced an enourmous display and variety of wildflowers, some thought to be extinct. Park rangers exclaimed this likely wouldn't happen in our lifetimes again.

Remarkably these seeds lay dormant in soil temperatures of 190 degrees for decades before blooming. Desert Gold sunflowers can be seen ascending the steep Black Mountains. In close up detail, lavender Wild Heliotropes paint lines of color across craggy rocks and ledges. For a closer inspection of details on the mountainside click details 1 or details 2

yellow wave of desert gold and sunlight mountain range
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desert flower panorama landscape, desert gold sunflowers