It's the end of March, and spring has officially sprung in Los Angeles -- like three months late, but hey, we'll take it. It has been an unusually rainy season for us in Southern California, and thank God for that. The drought is now almost officially over -- that is until another gaggle of rich, careless celebs decides to drain and fill their two-story swimming pools with new water because their old water was "too swam in." Hey, like I always say, you can only wear the same dress once, and you can only swim in the same water once. The Hollywood Way.
But this wet season has also brought a couple of new visual surprises to the normally dull-brown wildlife surrounding Southern California. A fresh, uplifting green has taken over the hills that surround this desert region, and it has Instagram models salivating.
Hundreds of wanna-be influencers are taking to the trails and ruining everything.
I don't know if you've heard, but it's been raining in Los Angeles lately. Like a lot.Enough for some locals to consider moving to somewhere warmer like... *shudders* San Diego.
And I'm not talking "a lot for Los Angeles".I'm talking drought-ending, river-filling, street-flooding rain. (Shoutout to you, Mother Earth for ending this godforsaken drought.)
And it's had some really cool side effects.For one, my Seasonal Affective Disorder kicked in a couple of weeks later than it normally does.
It also meant that I had to buy an umbrella.That was a real low-point in my life. Marching into the nearest Rite-Aid completely soaked and only buying one item. It was embarrassing.
But perhaps the best side effect: the Super Bloom.
via: GettyNo, it's not some kind of improvement to Chili's Bloomin' Onion. Sorry, Michael Scott.
Allow me to explain... with visual aids.
via: GettyThis is normal, boring, dry California.
You know, Amber Waves of Grain and all that.
via: GettyAre those the words? I was never very patriotic as a child.
Some people might call it beautiful.
via: GettyHell, John Steinbeck even wrote about their beauty. But I'm not going to bore you with Steinbeck. This isn't 8th Grade lit.
But most of the time, in the dry California climate, it just looks like this.
via: GettyTrash, dead grass, sadness. All things people have called me. They don't have stock ph0tos of trash deserts online, so just... use your imagination.
But every once in a while, this happens.
There's seeds in those mountains!
The whole valley comes alive.
And of course, the Super Bloom gets people excited to walk some of the amazing trails California has to offer.
Heck, it's even a great time to snap a quick selfie and get a new profile pic for spring.
Seriously, how could you pass an opportunity like this up?
Well, as it turns out, you're just killing flowers when you do this.You monster (not you, I'm sure you're great).
When the flowers are trampled like this, they're less likely to spring back up in the future.
This will seriously diminish the possibilities of Super Blooms in the future.
And it's gotten so bad that some trails are being shut down.
In fact, all of Lake Elsinore park in California is closed for the time being because of this problem.
But local residents needn't worry any longer, because the park is closed until the mountainside returns to its normal dull-brown color we're all used to.
This isn't really new.
During the government shutdown, people were cutting down Joshua trees in California state parks.
via: GettyThose things take like 300 years to grow! Why are you cutting them down?!
Humanity is ruining this planet in a number of ways, and it doesn't look like any of us care enough to slow down.
via: GettyI'm looking forward to Planet Earth 30 in a few decades where it's just archive footage of how beautiful the Earth used to look, juxtaposed with people trying to grown beans on that plastic island that's forming in the middle of the Pacific.
Hell, if the ice caps melt and flood the land, we can all just live on rafts.
via: GettyThis has kind of gotten off topic, but I think it's worth saying.