To an outsider or the inexperienced, the deserts of southern California can seem like inhospitable spaces, devoid of life. In the high heat of the summer months, it is often a wondrous thing to see any plant or animal — snake, insect, small rodent, or even the odd jackrabbit — filling the space and eking out a survival. But in the winter months, with the arrival of December, January and February rains, the desert undergoes a dramatic transformation, becoming a place lush with life and color.
This change is a vital boost to the region, providing new growth for its local ecosystem before the long summer months and even supporting modern industry with the arrival of bloom-focused tourism. This cycle, on which we have come to expect and rely, captures the true beauty of our deserts — not just as flowers in bloom, but as the manifestation of a system representing countless generations of plant and animal adaptation in what is truly a Land of Extremes.