Carrizo Plain National Monument

January 9, 2016 at 5:07 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildlife) (, , )

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument

The nice thing about being in Oklahoma in winter is that the cold, dreary days make it easy to stay inside and catch up on my photo editing. Although I miss California, I needed some down time and a chance to stop spending several hundred dollars a month in gas traveling to beautiful places year-round. Editing is a way of revisiting these places, such as the Carrizo Plain National Monument.

State Rt. 58

State Rt. 58

April 2015 was past-peak flower season in many areas of California, but enroute to the coast the hills were still kelly green in central California.

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There are patches of intensive oil/gas drilling in south-central California, but here there was only a smattering of pumpjacks.

Carrizo Plain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument

The hills were drier at Carrizo Plain.

Wallace Creek

Wallace Creek

Nearly all of the wildflowers that were in profuse abundance two months earlier were gone to seed.

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The endangered San Joaquin antelope squirrels were busy harvesting seeds for their underground larders.

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Painted lady butterflies and a variety of birds were good photo subjects.

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Western meadowlark

Western meadowlark

American pipit

American pipit

Lark sparrow

Lark sparrow

Horned lark in flight

Horned lark in flight

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Dry Soda Lake in distance (a salt bed)

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Wallace Creek trail

Caliente Canyon Road

Caliente Canyon Road

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The jeep trail to Caliente Canyon had a great viewpoint, but it was rugged and rutted and not suited for a minivan. I got to a blind curve that was highly rutted, and I had to back down about 1/4 mile on the curvy road to a turnaround.

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You can see some of the dried salt bed of Soda Lake.

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Sunset

Sunset

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