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Helicopter lands in California park amidst superb bloom



(CNN) – Why, like all other road users, wait to see the spectacular Super Blossom in California? An outrageous couple decided to skip the lines and flew into the popular Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

Officials said it was illegal to land helicopters in the poppy-seed reserve.

  A helicopter is discovered on Monday in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

A helicopter is sighted on Monday in the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.

Visitors to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve

Parks officials in Southern California have been trying to protect sensitive wildflowers from being trampled by overzealous visitors this season. When a ranger came to talk to them, the two persons descended by helicopter.

Asked whether there are any fines or consequences for the couple, Gloria Sandoval, California State Parks Deputy Public Affairs Director, said, "This is the point at which to investigate."

  This shot of WorldView 2 satellite shows a long line of cars along the roads leading to the Walker Canyon trail.

This satellite, taken by WorldView-2, shows a long line of cars along the roads that lead to the Walker Canyon trail.

DigitalGlobe [19659007] The Wildflower Superbloom is so popular that it is overrun and trampled on by visitors. With traffic jams, crushed flowers, and overcrowded public toilets, authorities temporarily blocked access to Walker Canyon in Elsinore Lake for the swarms of tourists earlier this month to capture the perfect Instagram photo of these bright orange poppies.

  Visiting Lake Elsinore, California, on March 12, 2019, people visit a "super bloom" of wild poppies that cover the hills of Walker Canyon. Heavy than normal winter rains in California have led to a "super bloom" of wildflowers in various parts of the state.

People are visiting a "wildflower" bloom that covers the hills of Walker Canyon, California, on March 12, 2019, near Lake Elsinore. Heavier than normal winter rains in California have led to a "super bloom" of wildflowers in various locations across the state.

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The Antelope Valley, California Poppy Reserve, has also seen a large crowd whose visitors wait about 30 minutes to more than an hour to get in.

State Park officials have asked the hordes of visitors to stay on designated trails and stop picking flowers and stamping to get a photo. You've highlighted the rules for social media with the #DontDoomTheBloom hashtag. Authorities say that people are even illegally entering the park through barbed wire fence and crushing the flowers. "It only takes a few to ruin the living space for the next few years," he said on Twitter.

"You can see the damage to the part of the way people quit," Moreno said. "People take selfies with the flowers or lie down on the flowers and the flowers do not grow there because so many people are leaving the trail."

CNN's Gianluca Mezzofiore contributed to this report.


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