The poppies have popped.
In the last month, every blogger, Instagrammer, and influencer in the Los Angeles area has been flocking to Walker Canyon Ecological Reserve in Lake Elsinore. Everyone wants to photograph the phenomenon that has been coined “The Super Bloom.”
Southern California received an unusual amount of rain this winter and, as a result, a myriad of wildflowers, mostly California poppies, has popped up to blanket the rolling hills. The swarms of people that have been drawn to the small city have overwhelmed the local officials causing the park to be shut down. When my friend and I went on a Saturday the park was closed and we had to sit in hours of traffic.
Luckily, the Super Bloom isn’t confined to Walker Canyon. The poppies cover many of the hills in Lake Elsinore. We exited the freeway a couple exits south of the Walker Canyon exit and drove until we saw a massive patch of flowers. We pulled into an empty parking lot, grabbed the food we brought, and ran up the mountain. We found a nice spot to lay our blanket and ate a picnic of cheese and bread before taking a million photos.
How the flowers bloomed in clusters that spread over the rolling, green hills is incredible. There are few places in the world where wildflowers grow in such quantities. It really is a sight to see and I highly recommend visiting if you’re in the area.
Now the moment you’ve all been waiting for: the photo dump!
Storrey spent 3 hours frolicking among the poppies.