A Technicolor California Spring

Even in our drought years, wildflowers sprout when spring crosses its equatorial moments. There are more photos to file in this technicolor spring collection. Watch for updates.

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Wild mustard brought to California by the Spanish Franciscans to mark El Camino Real — the road that links their missions. The species has now spread across the state and announces that spring is here.

 

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Goldfields, The Flower! Found in fields throughout California, Oregon and Arizona, this tiny, but abundant wildflower is part of the sunflower family. I most remember goldfields growing in the desert–always magic.
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A bold Tidy Tip stands among the goldfields. It is also part of the sunflower family. Its botanical name, layla platyglossa, was in honor of an English plant collector who visited California in 1827, George Lay.
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A personal favorite, the seaside daisy. The clumps of this bluish-lavender daisies bring joy along the California coast line.

 

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This photo of mine took a 1st place award at the California MidState Fair — our lovely Joshua Trees in bloom.
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Another take of the magnificent blossoms of the spike-ridden Joshua Tree of my youth.

 

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When cactuses bloom in the Mojave Desert, they are spectacular. This is a Beaver Tail cactus flower–so delicate. Near Joshua Tree.

 

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Another desert spring blossom, I believe to be Purplemat.

 

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Why, yes, I am a Wallflower! Photographed at Pinnacles National Park.

 

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A hill and mountainside favorite, Indian Paintbrush. This specimen lined a path to condor watching at Pinnacles National Park.
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The Mariposa Lily found on a San Simeon Park trail.
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The yummy Wild Chocolate Lily, also found on a coastal trail near San Simeon
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California poppies among Baby Blue Eyes found in San Luis Obispo countryside fields.
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A patch of Johnny Jump Ups by Lake Margarita in San Luis Obispo County. These lovelies are part of the violet family.

 

Gold Desert Daisies
Brittlebush–a desert daisy that likes sandy soils and rocky hillsides. This was photographed near Palm Springs.
pink deset flowers
This lovely vine-like plant I found on the side of the road near Palm Springs.
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Gorgeous lacy blooms on the coastal plant that I’ve not been able to identify.

 

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Another trailside beauty blossoming under the spring sky near San Simeon.

 

 

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