菜籽花

Today we visited the Chino Hills State Park again. We often go there to hike because 姑姑 lives really close to it. This week was the prime time for the bloom of 菜籽花 (I think they’re called rapeseed flowers in English). In contrast to the full bloom of bright orange poppies a few weeks ago, this time the hills were blanketed with a layer of fluorescent yellow. We went to the side of the park, where there is a hill with a steep path leading up from a neighborhood. The last time we hiked at that location was four years ago. At that time, the flowers were also in bloom, but were only about as tall as my waist. This year, as a result of the rainy season, the flowers bloomed very well, reaching well over all of our heads. It was a remarkable experience trekking through a forest of flowers. There were a few other types of flowers too, in shades of purple and white, but the yellow dominated the rolling hills. There was a particular type of plant that was extremely spiky and poked all of our legs as we walked, even through 妈妈’s jeans. After descending the hill, all of our clothes were covered in yellow pollen, which was especially visible on my black leggings and navy blue shirt. In addition, I had fallen on my butt while coming down the steep hill, so I was dirty from the dust too. But overall, it was an exceptional experience.

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