Central Coast Wildflowers

April 21, 2019 at 8:19 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers)

Jolon, California

My photos needing editing are covering my computer desktop, so I’d better get these up while the flowers are still blooming.

Owl’s Clover and vineyard, Jolon Road

Last year there were almost no wildflowers blooming in southern Monterey County, and the green grasses from the winter rains didn’t last very long.

Nacimiento-Fergusson Road

This year we’ve been supremely blessed, not only with a vibrant green landscape for the last six months, but now with masses of Kool-Aid colored wildflowers.

The scent of the lupines is often noticeable when they are not even visible, and can be overpowering when standing next to a sunny field of them. I call them California bluebonnets, because bluebonnets are actually lupines. I think Californians love them just as much as Texans love theirs, too.

Owl’s clover and goldfields decorate large swaths of the grassy meadows in the oak savannas.

The thing about the iconic California poppies is that they are quite particular about when they will open up. They have been closed tight for two hours after sunrise, and often close by 4 pm, especially on windy days. Very fickle.

The poppies in our area are more yellow than the ones in Southern California. I’m not sure why.

Male bald eagle

There is also a bald eagle’s nest quite visible in an oak tree. The female was busy in the nest, either rearranging the building materials, or (hopefully) tending to chicks.

One of my favorite sightings was a large flock (about 50) band-tailed pigeons, which I added to my life list only a few months ago.

Band-tailed pigeon

A birding friend visited me last weekend and we had a great time exploring the area near the Mission San Antonio de Padua; Jolon, Del Venturi and Nacimiento-Fergusson roads, and catching up on each other’s lives. Many of these images were from that visit. Enjoy the gallery.

Pregnant Tule elk

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