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Central Coast Living: Super Bloom

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You don't have to be an expert photographer to capture the loud yellows and bold purples.

"Everything is so vibrant: the trees, the land, the cows. These have to be the happiest cows in the United States," said Kass Flaig, who is visiting Shell Creek Road from Atascadero.

For several weeks during March and April, the colors come out and so do the crowds.

"I started doing this by taking my father on weekly drives. My father just passed away in January. He was two weeks shy of 108," said Vicki Ryal.

Many people remember Vicki's father, Dr. Harry Wolf, for helping start Cal Poly's engineering program in the 1940s. Vicki remembers the weekly trips they would take to Shell Creek Road and to the Carrizo Plains.

"He would be taking pictures like crazy. And he would be talking about how good the grass is for the cattle because he was raised on a ranch. He was always taking pictures of cattle," said Vicki.

There are four generations of the Sinton family tending to the land, keeping the cows happy and flowers blooming each year.

"We're happy to share the flowers. Everyone should see this phenomenon of nature. I would just remind people to be respectful of the property. Don't pull off into the grass onto the flowers. That crushes them and then we don't have them for next year," said Jane Sinton.

Also, don't litter and don't mess with the cows.

As for what you should do: come early to capture the morning sun, wear layers, and bring batteries for your camera. And remember, the super bloom looks way better in person.

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