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Video: See Death Valley Blanketed With Wildflowers During Rare 'Super Bloom'
Death Valley is in the midst of a "once-in-a-decade" natural phenomenon that has been unofficially referred to as a "super bloom:" thick blankets of vivid wildflowers are covering the normally dry, arid desert floor. Typically, Death Valley only gets about 2 inches of rain annually, but has seen an unusual amount of strong storms and flash floods, thanks to this season's El Nino. A statement from the National Parks Service says that, "the current flower display is the best the park has experienced in a decade."
In the video above, shot by James Cleveland, we see sweeping landscapes of Death Valley covered with more than 20 species of beautiful wildflowers, and it really does look breathtaking.
The YouTube comments are delightful, and informative, too.
"The smell is intoxicating," writes Cleveland.
As one commenter noted, there's no music, but "the sounds of silence, tires crunching gravel and wind blowing through the desert" add to the relaxing, chill vibe of the video.
Don't let the haters get you down, Cleveland.
According to the Death Valley National Park Instagram, they're hoping the flowers will last for another few weeks, depending on rain.
And a reminder if you do go check out the Super Bloom for yourself: don't pick the flowers!