Pinnacles National Park – Wildflowers Second Wave

June 2, 2019 at 11:00 am (California, California Central Coast, California wildflowers, National Parks, Nature, Nature photography, Wildflowers) ()

Elegant clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata)

The first wave of wildflowers at Pinnacles National Park has gone by, and the second wave is going strong even though the grass has now turned brown and gone to seed.

California buckwheat

The California buckwheat was beginning to bloom, and this head was the nicest of the bunch.

Fortunately, I am the kind of person that can take an hour on a one-mile trail because every new flower or butterfly fascinates me, and I must record it via pixels.

I couldn’t get a view into the insides of the mariposa lilies because they were on the hillsides. It was odd that they seemed to grow as singles or in very small groups.

View toward the end of the road at West Entrance
Interesting rock layers on the trail I hiked by the VC

Many flowers were brand new to me, and it took me several hours after I got home and edited the photos to find IDs. I feel rather proud of that effort, although there’s no way I’ll remember the Latin names.

Soap Plant, Chlorogalum pomeridianum

This soap plant flowers were actually maybe only an inch across when fully opened.

The goldenstars were also lovely and new to me.

At the turnaround point were lovely views of the pinnacles. I hoped to see a California condor, as I had seen several juveniles on my very first visit about five years ago. No luck.

There were sprinkles of Witches Hair (dodder) that added an orange complement to the flower-dotted brown landscape.

California buckwheat back-dropped by dodder

An artist or photographer often finds great joy in finding just the right angles, the most beautiful specimen, the prettiest background for the subject at hand. That means we are S..L..O..W and most folks get impatient waiting for us. That’s why I prefer to be alone on these trips.

Darkling beetle

Even though my visit was on Memorial Day, there really weren’t that many people there. Maybe because the weather the previous day had been quite cold and raw (for May). It’s amazing what you can see if you walk slowly and look closely at the hidden gems that compete with the beautiful rockscapes called The Pinnacles.

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  1. Patricia Henshaw said,

    Cindy thanks for sharing your photos and doing the research to ID the flowers. I really enjoy your efforts.

    Sent from my iPad


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