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‘Super bloom’ at Carrizo Plain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument, an out-of-the-way grassland and dry lake bed in a remote area east of San Luis Obispo, has erupted with wildflowers. Nature lovers and birders know this beauty spot, and now, thanks to this year’s “super bloom,” a record number of visitors are discovering it too.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Yellow, purple, green and orange colors on the velvet rolling hills the Temblor Range, in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County, CA

A windmill on the colorful Temblor Ridge, in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County, CA. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Bilaal Qinnab, of Fresno takes photos of wildflowers in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Colorful wildflowers blanket the velvet like Temblor Range, in Carrizo Plain National Monument.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Visitors are enjoying the wildflowers on the Temblor Ridge, in Carrizo Plain National Monument.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Wildflowers have erupted this spring on the grassy plain west of Bakersfield in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Wildflowers blanket the hillside of Temblor Ridge, in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County.

The national monument is part of a long grassland plain, which this year is having a spectacular wildflower season. Hikers on the trail are dwarfed by the colorful Temblor Range, in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County. (Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Colorful wildflowers blanket the velvet like Temblor Range, in Carrizo Plain National Monument.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

Wildflowers have erupted this spring on the grassy plain west of Bakersfield in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County.

(Francine Orr / Los Angeles Times)

If the roads are dry, cars can easily drive on the main dirt roads, without a 4-wheel drive, in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County,

Colorful wildflowers blanket the velvet like Temblor Range, in Carrizo Plain National Monument in San Luis Obsipo County.