Image: Sea Of Springtime Wildflowers Spreads Across Southern California

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Wildflower Bloom Carpets Southern California in Vivid Color

After years of drought, a wet winter has yielded a brilliant bloom of colorful wildflowers in Southern California.

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Image: Sea Of Springtime Wildflowers Spreads Across Southern California

Chias bloom on March 16, 2017 at Diamond Valley Lake, near Hemet, California.

Winter storms brought relief to most of the areas suffering drought conditions, but aquifers remain very low and will require years of heavier-than-average rainfall to return to pre-drought levels.

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Image: A woman uses a selfie stick to photograph herself in a massive spring wildflower bloom caused by a wet winter in Lake Elsinore

A woman uses a selfie stick to photograph herself in a massive spring wildflower bloom in Lake Elsinore, California, on March 14. 

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Image: Sea Of Springtime Wildflowers Spreads Across Southern California

California poppies, right, and Canterbury bells bloom on March 16 at Diamond Valley Lake.

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Image: Super Bloom of Desert Flowers in California

Desert wildflowers cover the ground around the Amboy Crater in the Mojave Trails National Monument on March 15 in Twentynine Palms, California.

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Image: Julia Lu, 5, and Amy Liu, 5, walk through a massive spring wildflower bloom caused by a wet winter in Lake Elsinore

Julia and Amy Liu walk through blooming spring wildflowers in Lake Elsinore on March 14. 

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Image: A massive spring wildflower bloom caused by a wet winter is seen in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park

Wildflowers bloom in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park on March 13. "The magic is here!" proclaimed the Borrego Springs Chamber & Visitor's Bureau in a Facebook post.

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Image: Sea Of Springtime Wildflowers Spreads Across Southern California

A hiker passes flowers on March 16 at Diamond Valley Lake. 

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Image: Sea Of Springtime Wildflowers Spreads Across Southern California

A bee pollinates Canterbury bells on March 16 at Diamond Valley Lake. 

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Image: Sea Of Springtime Wildflowers Spreads Across Southern California

A fisherman passes arroyo lupines in the early morning of March 16 at Diamond Valley Lake. 

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Image: Sea Of Springtime Wildflowers Spreads Across Southern California

Chias and California poppies are closed until warmed by direct sunlight on March 16 at Diamond Valley Lake.

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