by Ray Allen
Each spring, we follow the bloom of No. America's wildflowers that begins in the Southwestern Deserts--yes, in February--and rolls across the continent . At Anza-Borrego State Park in California, down beside the Mexican border, the flowers are already starting to open. After lighting up the Southern California hills (photo), the "Wildflower Wave" will roll eastward. During March and in early April, Texas' famous species are at their best. Then it's on to the Gulf Coast, from where the wave rolls north, crashing into the Northeast, and on into Canada in May. In a month or so, the "wildflower hotlines" in California and Texas will be buzzing, and photographers and other "flower chasers" will be on the road looking for big bloom. The photo was taken in Gorman, CA on March 4th, during the incredible bloom there each spring. Check back, and we'll try to keep you posted.