Wet has been the weatherword for this winter in San Diego County, with the storms in December and January filling up streams, dropping snow and greening the hills.

They’re optimistic in the Anza-Borrego Desert State Park that this will be a banner year for desert wildflowers. As dry and dusty as it is out there, the native plants can survive for years with little or no water.

But when there’s a rainy year, the explosion of color is dramatic. The San Diego Union-Tribune’s reporter J. Harry Jones and photographer K.C. Alfred take you there.

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