Carrizo Plain Wildflower Feast

March 26, 2019 at 8:30 pm (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, San Luis Obispo County, Wildflowers)


For some reason, people seem to think the purple wildflowers are the most desirable, or at least the best colors to set off the sunshine yellows of the goldfields and hillside daisies at Carrizo Plain National Monument.

State Hwy 58 bordering Carrizo Plain

Me, I’m a fan of yellow. Lemon yellow. The most brilliant yellow that has carpeted the hills and fields of this area. I do love it when a smattering of purple shows up, however. Yellow, green, purple. Sometimes goldenrod where there are the fiddlenecks. If I could get orange California poppies added to the quilt I’d be in wildflower heaven.

Mustard and phacelia

These images were taken March 17, 2019. A following post will show some new views and just how much more the color has taken over what is — most of the year — a fairly drab landscape.

February 23, 2015

As you can see by the photo above, 2015 was a very dry year. The phacelia appeared earlier than it did this year, and likely didn’t last long.

Obviously 2019 is a very, very different landscape.

Normally I’m all about the birds, but when there is such a profusion of wildflowers, birds take a back seat. However, if they choose to pose conveniently for me, I can’t resist.

There weren’t many people on March 17. Not so the following Sunday! Word was out.

Since I live in Paso Robles, I take Creston Road south until it turns to State Hwy 58. I’ve taken detours to Shell Creek Road, which intersect Hwy 58, and while I find species of flowers I don’t see at Carrizo, so far the flowers are no match for what lies a half hour down the road.

I took this photograph early in the morning, but it seems like a fitting image to close this post with.

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  1. Jane Lurie said,

    Excellent images, Cindy! I am heading to Carrizo tomorrow and your post is helpful and beautiful. I plan on staying on the main roads since I’ve read that much has been impassable. Then on to Paso Robles. 😉

    • Cindy McIntyre said,

      I was at Carrizo myself when your comment was posted. All roads are good and dry now. Hope you had a great visit. Stay away from downtown Paso Robles – they are fond of towing people who don’t see the signs they don’t bother to put in front of every parking space. Cost me $600 and the mayor Steve Martin was unapologetic and arrogant about it.

      • Jane Lurie said,

        Had a great day at Carrizo today, Cindy. Gorgeous colors!
        We were finishing dinner in downtown PR and after reading your comment was relieved our car was ok. 😉 Thank you!

  2. Cindy McIntyre said,

    Jane, glad you had a great experience! I’ve seen wildflowers all over the country but nothing compares to the extent of what I see at Carrizo. It’s even more amazing when most of the year the area is dry as a bone.

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