Wildflowers carpet the California hills in gold

June 29, 2014, 1 p.m.
gold wildflowers

Photo: Bill Bouton/MNN Flickr Group

California's gold is about more than just metal

If you travel along Hurricane Road in the Temblor Mountains of California after a rainy winter and spring, you're likely to see this amazing sight. California may be known for the gold rush and its state flower, the golden poppy, but they aren't the only source of bright colors. Yellow and gold carpet the hills during wildflower season. Much of the state's landscape may seem dry and brown during much of the year, but in springtime, be ready for a spectacular sight thanks to the many varieties of native wildflowers that bloom for just a few short weeks.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Twitter, Google+, and Facebook.