Flower bloom

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Thanks to 2019’s rainy downpours, seeds are sprouting and roots are growing.

The first week of March, when the buds finally turned into blooms, a few social media influencers wanted to take advantage of the gorgeous backdrop. Then, suddenly, a huge interest took over everyone. As many as 100,000 visitors experienced the beauty at Lake Elsinore over the course of St. Patrick’s Day weekend.

Steve Manos, the mayor of Lake Elsinore, a small town in Southern California said, “We’ve never had 50,000 or 100,000 in this city all at one time.” This amount of people in this small town is unusual for all the residents.

“The poppy bloom in Lake Elsinore is unlike anything I’ve ever seen in my 32 years of living here.” Manos added.

The poppies bloom in the springtime after heavy winter rains every year, but this year has been different. More wildflowers are growing, and with it, so is the audience.

As much as people love this sight, there are many people that are against visiting this town because walking through the flowers ruins them.

People are trampling the flowers, breaking them, bending them. Jorge Moreno, a California State Information officer said, “People are taking selfies with the flowers or laying down on the flowers and that’s where the flowers won’t grow back because so many people are stepping off the trail.”

Officials at Southern California Parks have been trying to protect delicate flowers from being trampled by visitors who travel there.

 

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