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.
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.
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