Published by Daniel Mosquin on May 22, 2010
…and another in the series on some of the spring botanical vistas I’ve seen this spring, hillsides of the Temblor Range within the Carrizo Plain National Monument, from April 5.
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Wow!! A stunning photo of wildflower magic! Best photo yet.
Viewing this photo I can’t help but pity those poor folk who aren’t subscribers. These are not only addictive, they are essential mood upgrades!
Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing this amazing view.
They say this is what all of the California Central Valley looked like before the arrival of Europeans.
California Gold! Beautiful…
Breathtaking! One of the many, many reasons California is so beloved…
left front hill in the middle…is there purple…?
I live in Cheshire, England. I love these photos, and the often fascinating information that comes with them and in readers’ comments. Can you tell me what the golden flower is?
there are still so many lovely breathtakeing
landscapes in my home here in america
daniels link top of this page will take you
to carrizo plain national monument
follow the links on the right side of the page
the pictures are just beautiful
perhaps the flowers are coreopsis
Thank you Elizabeth for your input. I always enjoy your comments.
Wow- we just don’t have extensive areas of landscape in the UK covered in flower like this- with the possible exception of heather covered mountains.
What yellow flower as it couldnt be scotch broom this must be the first close up of an exoplanet of sulfur. The white is anybodies guess as 99% of all pure chemicals are white.
So these are sulphurous hills of an eroded alien landscape.
Much like England or clearcut BC.
Is the white stuff snow?
I had the great fortune to make it from NH to the Bakersfield CA area and Carrizo March 22-23 this year. All I can say is WOW. I was told that the yellow is mostly “hillside daisy”- Monolopia lanceolata, but I am sure there are Coreopsis at the Plain. In the flats you find the “gold fields” – Lasthenia sp. And other Asteraceae. Everything orange when I was there was Amsinckia, several species. But there were CA poppies on some of the higher slopes. The purple is probably lupines. They were at perfection when we were there. The Soda Lake shores are white with alkali salts, but I don’t remember seeing any white on the hills in Mar. I just opened up my pix and I have one of the exact same hillside. In mine the lighter areas look more like slides/bare spots than anything else. I was constrained to those two days only to find wildflowers in CA this year and we scored!!
The flower is likely goldfields (Lasthenia californica) (http://www.coepark.org/wildflowers/yellow/lasthenia-californica.html), which in abundance can turn entire hillsides yellow as in the photo. This area is particularly known for its wildflower displays, and can be patches of many different colors. The white soil is probably due to camera exposure, and at this time of year the hills are drying out. I see patches of purple in there, but it appears that the color balance is off a bit (possibly to enhance the yellow).
Yes, this photo was processed on my work computer, which although more modern than my home one, has a lower quality monitor — so I find colour and exposure is often off compared to the processing I do at home, where I can keep the colour calibrated).
The whitish portions are exposed soil.
A belated “WOWWWW” and thanks for the great view — brings back fond memories of my youth in the coast ranges.
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