Spring wildflowers bring Anza to life

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Late April rains have enhanced the annual wildflower bloom in the Anza Valley. Brilliant yellow and purple flowers dominate the landscape as Mother Nature swishes her colorful paint brush among the fields and canyons.

The prevalent flowers forming these swaths of cheeriness are yellow common goldfields, Lasthenia californica and purple Indian paintbrush, Castilleja exserta.

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Purple Indian paintbrush flowers dominate this meadow in Terwilliger. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Common goldfield flowers tint the grasslands yellow. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Even the grasses are coloring the landscape with subtle hues. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Non-native mustard weed lends a bright yellow to the color palette. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Purple Indian paintbrush decorate this hillside in Anza. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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A Canada goose pauses from feeding among the wildflowers in Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Wildflowers paint the gentle hills in Lake Riverside Estates. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Common goldfield flowers are scattered among the flowering grasses. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo
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Purple Indian paintbrush and common goldfields are usually seen growing together. Anza Valley Outlook/Diane Sieker photo

Springing forth from March into May, these tiny spots of color coalesce into huge meadows of contrasting purple and yellow, forming patchworks of bright and vibrant tones all over the Anza Valley.

Residents can enjoy them while they can for the hot winds of summer will fade them from sight.

Diane Sieker can be reached by email at dsieker@reedermedia.com.