“In all things of nature,
There is something of the marvelous.”
Mother Nature has been on a recent rampage
Bringing death and destruction to the world
But it’s as if She feels some remorse for her actions
And several magnificent miracles have unfurled
And one of these miracles has recently occurred
In one of the most desolate areas in our nation
Wildflowers that have lain dormant for 50 years
Are blooming again bringing much joy and elation
Death Valley the driest spot in the United States
Usually gets less than 2 inches of rain per year
The rain in California brought chaos and devastation
But to Death Valley a colorful life display has appeared
Mother Nature may be trying to teach us a lesson
That better times can be achieved after our pain
If we only have the needed courage to persevere
If we only have the wisdom - to begin once again
All the moisture that pummeled California last month causing mud slides and havoc also poured about 6 inches of rain over Death Valley -- a true gully-washer for the national park.
The Result: Wildflowers and Magnificent New Life – Everywhere!
Experts say that this type of flowery miracle comes but once in a lifetime - magnificent blue desert lupine and tiny purple chias are growing in gigantic clumps and golden California poppies are now scattered all over the usually desolate hillsides.
Along the roads leading into Death Valley, long rows of bright yellow daisies now gaily wave at astonished tourists, almost as if they'd been meticulously planted by Park Rangers to greet them.
Experts say that some of these flowers will flourish until July, but that most of them are likely to fade with March since temperatures are already nearing 90 Degrees in the park.
Death Valley is a deep dry bowl about 156 miles long and is the lowest spot in the U.S., lying 292 feet below sea level. The high mountains to its west usually block almost all of the Pacific Ocean moisture from reaching it.
Temperatures in Death Valley also usually hover over 100 Degrees Fahrenheit for major portions of the year, and very soon, this magnificent flowery miracle in the desert will disappear once more.
The wildflowers in Death Valley have adapted to this extreme heat and dryness, and have managed to stay alive, by developing seeds with coatings so thick that they can literally hibernate for decades, which is a miracle in itself – allowing them to patiently await Mother Nature’s next glorious Miracle of Rain.