NASA Releases Satellite Images of California Superbloom from Space

Nature is really beautiful with all its diversity in flora and fauna, however most of us enjoy all its beauties when it is springtime. This season on our planet occurs in different months depending on the hemisphere, namely in the Northern Hemisphere spring comes between March and May, and in the Southern Hemisphere between September and November.

During springtime most of the flowers bloom showing all their magnificence and beauty and because of that they are referred as to Spring Flowers.

Flower Blooming in California

The blooming season in California happens during the months of March and May since North America is located in the Northern Hemisphere. However, some wildflowers may even start blooming in late February. The blooming time of wildflowers is not fixed as it depends on weather conditions like rain and temperatures. Weather changes all the time and because of that we cannot state the exact day of the months when the blooming time of the wildflowers will start.

Droughts in California

In this region of North America droughts are a major issue and as a result of that the blooming of wildflowers is questionable. Droughts in California can occur many times and last for many years like the recent California drought that lasted more than 7 years, starting from late 2011 to mid-2019.

Plants need water to grow and in the period of drought the water sources are limited that endangers both the flora and fauna. Droughts can cause wildfires which destroy the natural habitats of many species forcing them to migrate. The latest California’s wildfires left many animals without a habitat thus endangering their survival. During the raging fires many flowers and plants got destroyed. The drought lasted so long that the flames of the wildfires reached the cities as well

People in California were so eagerly waiting for the rain and this spring the California state had about 10.5 inches of rain which is around 4 inches more than the normal amount. This rain was a great relief for all of them.

After a long period of empty fields the orange-hued poppy and many other wildflowers covered California fields.

Super bloom of the Orange-Hued Poppy

This poppy is the official state flower of California being the most iconic flower that the officials in 1903 made it certified. The poppy thrives best near the Mojave Desert in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve covering 1,800 acres or 7 km2. It is located in the remote northeastern hills of LA County and offers the ideal microclimate for the California poppies.

The captured photograph by NASA on April 14, shows the bloomed orange-hued poppies which were missing for a long period of time. Thanks to the rain experts believe that the flowers will remain much longer than usual. These rains were a great and pleasant surprise having in mind the fact that they arrived rather late in the season.

This extra rain will contribute for the occurrence of the super bloom of wildflowers as this season there is a perfect combination of weather conditions in the environment.  The super bloom has started in the southern part of California and continued to bloom to the north. At the same time a wide range of wildflowers will bloom together offering us an amazing site that we have not seen for years.

Satellite Images of the Landscape in California

The landscape of this state during the droughts was completely different than it is now, and we can clearly see the difference thanks to the photographs of the private satellite startup Planet. The captured photographs during the drought months showed clear foothills, and in the blooming season after the rain the images showed transformed foothills with different varieties of colors like yellow, green, and orange.

 

On the other hand, NASA has released newly made images that reveal an adorable landscape where the orange colour prevails. But, the image is still with some of the yellow goldfields, purple bush pines, and the lavender-colored forget-me-nots thus making it even more magnificent.

These images are not always the same as they vary on the hour or day. According to NASA sometimes the flowers “open their petals during sunny periods, appearing like a large blanket over the landscape.” Then, the poppies close their petals during windy or cold periods thereby offering us a completely different image.

In these challenging times, due to the novel coronavirus, most parks across the United States are being closed so we cannot see their beauty in real life. Yet, the Department of Parks and Recreation in California suggests a virtual visit of the parks via online designated camera enabling us to enjoy the wonders of nature providing us with strength and will to overcome this current crisis.

Sources:

iflscience.com

dailymail.co.uk

nasa.gov

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