Shell Creek Wildflowers

April 30, 2020 at 7:51 am (Bird photography, Birds - California, California, California Central Coast, California wildflowers, Nature, Nature photography, Photography, Wildflowers) ()

Lupine, purple owl’s clover, California poppies, tidy tips

There’s a street famous in these parts for its bounty of wildflowers. Shell Creek Road is off Highway 58 between Paso Robles and Carrizo Plain National Monument.

Purple owl’s clover, lupine, silver puffs

Why does this stretch of California have such a lush profusion of color when the surrounding fields and hills remain sparsely flowered?

Early April – carpet of goldfields

Perhaps it was left untilled and relatively undisturbed, since much of the countryside is either vineyards or pasture.

Lupines and silverpuffs, late April

During this time of COVID-19 pandemic, places such as this can be a healing balm, as long as folks keep social distancing from strangers.

Thistle sage

As Spring moves from March to May, the types of dominant flowers change. They also change depending on the amount of rain during the winter.

On nice weekends the place can be overrun, which is unfortunate. People wade through the flower fields, creating spider webs of trails and defeating the magnificence of an untrammeled carpet of natural color.

So enjoy the flowers here, or from the roadside, taking care not to destroy the very beauty you seek.

Savannah sparrow
Western kingbird

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1 Comment

  1. Rob Olson said,


    Thank you for the flowers and sunshine.

    Rob Olson

    Sent from my iPhone


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