Lake Elsinore, 70 miles from downtown Los Angeles, saw a carpet of vivid blooms, mainly orange California poppies, covering the hillside, alongside the busy Interstate 15 highway. People walked the trails, took photographs, rested among the flowers and picked colourful bunches to take home. Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, 80 miles southeast of Lake Elsinore, is seeing an abundance of wildflowers, according to the park's website. "Plentiful rains in December, January AND February have encouraged the development of a spectacular showing of annual plants," the park's website said.
The winter storms brought relief to most of the region suffering years of worsening record drought conditions though aquifers remain very low and would require many more years of heavier than average rainfall to recharge water tables to pre-drought levels. In this gallery, IBTimesUK presents some of the best photos from the parks across California, who have experienced the sudden bloom: