“I took the best picture of the super bloom this weekend,” a friend told me at a party last week. “But I can’t post it anywhere because it looks like I’m off trail.”
I take a look at her phone. She looks like she’s in the middle of lustrous, yellow poppies, having just skipped through them — soft sun streaming onto her face like some sort of golden goddess. It’s a beautiful shot.
“Yeah,” I say, “you definitely look like a monster who just crushed all the poppies just to stroke your ego.”
“The trail is really narrow there,” she promises. “I didn’t kill anything!”
“Frame it,” I advise. “But don’t dare post it.”
Too harsh? Maybe. But tensions are high during the famed Southern California super bloom and getting dragged on social media by scores of people who are apparently perfect and have never plucked a flower in their lives is a nightmare.
For those of you not versed in what the hell a super bloom is, a quick primer: California got a lot of rain this past winter. In fact, some parts of the state haven’t seen this much rain in 20-30 years. And while the desert always has wildflower blooms in the spring, the mass amounts of rain this year resulted in crazy blankets of flowers, stretched as far as the eye can see. Which means cars filled people, also stretched as far as the eye can see, are racing out of the cities every weekend to get perfect photos for Instagram.