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Photos: Southern California wildflowers in bloom

An ant explores one of the many Indian piantbrush plants blooming along Loma Ridge in the Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park in South Orange County. This year’s rain and sunshine combined to produce a fresh crop of wildflowers in the hills of Orange County. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
Supervising Park Ranger Ron Slimm leads a hike through South Orange County hills where wildflowers are blooming. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
A bee visits a patch of bush lupine near Trabuco Canyon. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
A bee searches for pollen in a batch of purple vetch. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
A butterfly lands on a bouquet of white popcorn and yellow pincushion in the hills of Limestone Canyon and Whiting Ranch Wilderness Park near Trabuco Canyon in South Orange County. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
A butterfly lands on blooms of bedstraw growing along a trail in South Orange County. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
A splendid Mariposa lily grows among the wild oat in the hills of South Orange County. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
The bloom of a Mariposa lily was one of many on display during a recent hike in the hills of South Orange County. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
An insect navigates the petals of a California bush sunflower near Whiting Ranch in South Orange County. (Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times)
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