A Wildflower Adventure – Part 1

March 15, 2019 at 11:18 am (California, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers) (, , )

California poppies and chia

I missed out on the 2017 California “superbloom” because I was living in Oklahoma, but it’s always been a dream of mine to see and photograph the desert in crazy bloom.

Lake Elsinore

However, there is a very spectacular area in Southern California that is chockablock full of orange California poppies, and I made a stressful detour to see it.

I say “stressful” because I had to drive through some populated areas, and I hate city traffic. Of course, the Walker Canyon Trail at Lake Elsinore (which is the name of the town) was filled with people, even on a Friday afternoon.

Walker Canyon Trail

It wasn’t difficult finding a parking spot along the mile-long road just off I-15, and because I now have mobility issues, I did not walk the very inviting trail. So all of my photos were taken right along the road.

As you saw, there are some people with very bad behavior and feel entitled to smash the flowers to get a selfie or a closeup of flowers they could easily get from the trail. Here is a very insightful article on the problem.

My route south took me through some almond groves which were in full blossom. Notice the beehives. Honeybees are critical to pollinating many of the foods we eat, as well as the wildflowers and trees.

Almond trees

I spotted an American kestrel (a bird I knew as a child as the sparrow hawk) “hawking” high above the flower fields. Hawking is when a bird flutters in a stationary position while trying to find prey.

American kestrel “hawking”

After about an hour in this spot, I motored on to Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. I visited the park several times when I lived in Apple Valley four years ago, and loved it. This is the first time I got to see areas of the park in full bloom. Stay tuned!

Mustard in foreground and at top, California poppies in middle ground

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  1. Rob Olson said,

    Hello Cindy:

    We still have 2-3’ of snow covering the 6-12” of On the ground. Your beautiful colorful flower Images really make us wishing for Spring. I have Seen those area where your images were taken In 1970 – 1974. Not many people out there then And now.

    Special thank you for the pictures- fabulous. Don’t forget your sun screen lotion while capturing The beautiful landscapes.

    Best to you,

    Rob Olson

    Sent from my iPhone


  2. Cindy McIntyre said,

    I do remember that one April when we in Midcoast Maine had two snowstorms of a foot each. A very depressing spring! I’m all done with winter.

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