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    Death Valley Super Bloom

    Death Valley flowers bloom with unusual rainfall:

    http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/23/sc...loom.html?_r=0

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    When I was a senior in high school, many many moons ago, a bunch of my buddies and I went camping in Death Valley in the winter. It was in the mid 80s F during the day, but the temperature dropped like a rock at night, since there were no clouds and no humidity to block the re-radiation of heat up and away, and the wind at night was blustery. We had a great trip and did some very stupid, unsafe things, like going into an old abandoned mine. It would take too long to tell the whole story, but it was a memorable experience.
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    Flowers in the California desert 2017:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...jlp4dzkja714i&

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baltimore1937 View Post
    Flowers in the California desert 2017:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...jlp4dzkja714i&
    update:

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...=.cc2ecb31de27

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    Quote Originally Posted by Baltimore1937 View Post
    If the flowers only come out very rarely, what are the pollinators and where do they go between flowerings?
    (We have a similar phenomenon in parts of Australia, so I guess I will have to check that for my own backyard, too.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Saetro View Post
    If the flowers only come out very rarely, what are the pollinators and where do they go between flowerings?
    (We have a similar phenomenon in parts of Australia, so I guess I will have to check that for my own backyard, too.)
    The thought occurred to me that hummingbirds would likely play a part in the desert bloom phenomenon. Winter rains, if and when they occur, bring the late winter/early spring blooming when hummingbirds are returning from their winter "vacations". A similar thing happens when Rufous Hummingbirds move southward in the late summer along the trail of high mountain flowers in western USA.

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    Latest view of desert SW super bloom 2017:

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/...0537abd956e96?

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    Cactus/Cacti too benefited from the recent wet spell:

    https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/24/s...ring.html?_r=0

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