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See how wildflowers in Carrizo Plain, Santa Barbara County have changed — from space

California’s wildflower super bloom is in full effect — it’s even big and bright enough on the Central Coast to be seen from space.

The yellow hillside daisies and goldfields blooming on the Carrizo Plain National Monument in southeastern San Luis Obispo County are visible in the hillsides and on the valley floor — and have gotten even brighter in recent satellite photos.

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The flowers have drawn crowds of tourists, and the blossoms are close to hitting their peak, according to the Wild Flower Hotline, which tracks Southern California wildflowers throughout the season.

The wildflowers in Santa Barbara County are also blooming, drawing visitors to blooms on Figueroa Mountain near Los Olivos and the hills overlooking the Cuyama Valley along Highway 166.

The Cuyama area, in particular, is filling with blooms — so many they pop against the green hillsides in satellite photos.

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Lindsey Holden writes about housing, North County communities and everything in between for The Tribune in San Luis Obispo. She became a staff writer in 2016 after working for the Rockford Register Star in Illinois. Lindsey is a native Californian raised in the Midwest and earned degrees from DePaul and Northwestern universities.
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