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Post by gedstrom » Fri Feb 12, 2016 2:25 pm

Just a few wild flower pictures I took today, Feb 12, 2016:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/87p4xu7lmo2m ... ztz3a?dl=0

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Post by MojaveGeek » Fri Feb 12, 2016 5:30 pm

Is there a lot of desert gold up?

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Post by gedstrom » Fri Feb 12, 2016 7:15 pm

MojaveGeek wrote:Is there a lot of desert gold up?
Not as much as I remember seeing in the spring of 2005 after that big winter.

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Post by cd phillips » Fri Feb 12, 2016 11:01 pm

Beautiful photos. I am heading to Death Valley for the first time on February 28th. Do you think the wildflowers will still be in bloom in late February, early March?

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Post by MojaveGeek » Sat Feb 13, 2016 7:53 am

There will be flowers later in the month. Just a question of how many, which ones, and where. This is info that the VC would have reliably, and there is a wildflower section of the park web page.

Yes, 2005 was an awesome year for desert gold. I have some great old photos of the area along 190 north of FC, near the Cottonball Marsh, that was totally stunning, a sea of yellow.

All the more appreciated because most years you drive through there and there's just a few blooms here and there, if you're lucky.

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Post by Candace_66 » Sat Feb 20, 2016 5:06 pm

I camped in the Greenwater Valley Wednesday night, and there was a pretty good rainfall up there that evening and night, and showers the following morning too. I presume at least some rain fell in Death Valley itself, too, but I haven't found any verification yet. So hopefully that will further increase our "super bloom" odds!

BTW, there are few flowers up in the Greenwater Valley, though it is quite green up there.

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Post by MojaveGeek » Sat Feb 20, 2016 9:37 pm

Thanks for the update. Ben hoping for a bit of rain before my trip next month!

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Post by Randy O » Sun Feb 21, 2016 7:44 am

We also camped up there a couple of weeks ago and wondered if all that greenery was going to end up in a nice wildflower bloom. Might have to drive up there in a week or so and have another look.

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Post by JesPortland » Sun Feb 21, 2016 3:09 pm

Off topic a bit but wondering Candace where you camped along Green Valley. Still wondering if there is any decent spots right off the road not to far from 190 for our trailer to camp. Been three years since we've been to Green Valley. Using Google Earth to look.

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Post by David_Bricker » Fri Mar 11, 2016 9:34 pm

Made a gonzo run through the valley from PSR on Saturday, March 5. overnighting in Butte Valley.

There were lots of fields from Badwater south to Ashford Mills. A number of areas on the alluvial fan near Beatty Cutoff, as well. The fan going up to Warm Springs canyon was pretty impressive.

In my recollection, the 2005 bloom was later, and denser, but this bloom is prevalent in more places. I was at Ashford Mills on the 3rd of March, 2005, and it was at its peak. This year, I think the peak was about 2 weeks ago.

Far more Desert 5 spots, and big plants. Many of them had a dozen of more buds on them, with only a couple open so far.

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Re: Wild Flowers

Post by SSSdave » Wed May 02, 2018 9:53 am

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Notice I never came back to this board to post a link to my DV adventures after the 2016 Super Bloom. Rarely visit your site in usual dry times and did so because you're having storms today. Link below is the start of several trip pages, the first of 2 visits, starting February 12, 2016, well before news articles alerted the general public though was about the peak of color down in the south areas of the park. Pic above shows my cowboy sleeping spot on my first night out in the park on that trip, way out on a remote 4WD road. Doesn't get any better!

http://www.davidsenesac.com/2016_Trip_C ... html#feb12

And this is my 2016 table of contents page with more links:

http://www.davidsenesac.com/2016_Trip_C ... les-0.html

I love how there are so many amazing geological places beyond roads no others have visited in decades.
Rider on Neck of Orange Cat's Head:
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Post by MojaveGeek » Sat May 05, 2018 4:46 pm

I like that cat :)

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