Spring Flowers: Death Valley’s “Wild Surprise”

A bigger bloom than expected, given the dry winter, is popping in the desert.

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Following a dry winter, Death Valley gets a surprise wildflower bloom.
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Reports out of Death Valley are good, flower watchers: There's a bloom, despite the dry winter.
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Some springs in the national park can bring but a few buds, but 2014 is shaping up to be good for a show.
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Bicyclists pedal past a spread of orange-y pretties.
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A prickly pear is in the swing of spring
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A resort representative calls 2014 "a surprising good" flower season for the 3.3-million acre national park.
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Flowers out of sand? Or just about? It's a stunning sight around the valley.
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Death Valley includes many roadside vistas and pull-off points, the better to admire wide swaths of color.
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There are places to stay around the valley. Head for Furnace Creek Ranch or the Inn at Furnace Creek, which is open through the second week in May.
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Snow-capped peaks in the background, flowers and desert foreground: Call it a stunner of a California sight.
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Make for the D.V. while you can, because the spring desert wildflowers fade fast.
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