If you haven't heard, all the rain earlier in the year in California has led to a so-called "super bloom" of desert or semi-desert wildflowers. A similar event happened in Peru last year. Wildflower picture enthusiasts are in heaven. And the pictures are pretty good, too.
Here's the Weather Channel feature on the super bloom, with several pictures; I grabbed a couple from my own image searching as examples. There are huge fields covered with yellow-orange California poppies, too (several pics at the link).