Selfie-Takers Are Damaging California’s Super Bloom

Spring has arrived in Southern California, and dedicated selfie-snappers have taken note. For the past month, the typically barren deserts of the region have been animated with flowers and tourists traveling to see them. The vibrant flora makes for an epic Instagram backdrop, but California park rangers are begging guests to stick to the trails and resist trampling flowers for the sake of a photo op, Mashable reports.

California’s current super bloom follows a winter of drought-ending rainfall. Thousands have visited places like Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Walker Canyon, and the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve to see the rare display, but for…

10+ Reasons You Should Drop Everything And Go To Japan’s Wisteria Festival ASAP

Spring is the most magical time of year to be in Japan. It’s not only because of the country’s world-famous cherry blossoms, but also the annual Great Wisteria Festival, an enchanting display that’s not to be missed.

Ashikaga Flower Park in Japan’s Tochigi prefecture, just 2 hours from Tokyo Station by train, is the host of the festival, and boasts over 350 wisteria trees that fill the park with dazzling colours year after year. Visitors can also walk through an 80 metre-long tunnel covered by unique white wisteria flowers. The wisteria floribunda

Visiting The Anza Borrego Super Bloom

California has record rainfall this year and as a result, the desert is full of flowers and the Anza Borrego Desert outside of San Diego even had more flowers than it had since 2005 -what’s known as a super bloom.

Even the second you get out of your car you’re hit with flowers everywhere.
They seem to grow in every color -pinks, reds, purples, greens, yellows, blues, whites and more!
And it was amazing how many flowers were growing on some of the plants.

The visitor’s center is filled with fascinating information about the area, including the archeological history of the park (there’s even an archeological research center on site) and information about the wildlife and plants living there.

The variety of plants there is pretty incredible and you really do see flowers everywhere.
It’s particularly impressive if you have already been to the park any other time of the year and saw the grounds with little but scrubby plants and cactuses.
The “super bloom” title certainly seems appropriate when you can’t walk more than a few feet without bumping into another cluster of flowers.
You can’t even walk around without getting covered in pollen (as well as the usual dust and sand drom the desert).

While the trails are what you might expect, there are some surprisingly nice amenities at the trail heads including actual toilets with real plumbing and spigots to refill your bottles (and you’ll want to get a full refill when you start because it’s hot out there).

We chose the Palm Canyon Trail because there were a lot of reports about there being bighorn sheep spotted in that area recently.
We didn’t see any sheep, but we kept our eyes on the hills the whole walk just in case -which was great because the normally brown hills were colored with wild flowers.
While we didn’t see any sheep, we spotted plenty of evidence of wildlife, including places where they might sleep and their droppings.
And we saw…