Come take a hike with me! The flowers are blooming it still is nice weather, not to hot or to cold. But watch your step you don’t want to step on a flower!
Shall we go west first, and maybe take the second draw, the one I now call Caterpillar draw. Do you see why, there are actually hundreds of these tents all over the Desert Almond plants. They are in the process of metaphoring (is that a word) right now. No pretty butterflies from them just moths.
Now going down this hill either keep you feet flat to go straight down so you get as much traction from your hiking boots as possible, or as we prefer go down at an angle and dig the edge of your foot into the hillside. That will keep you upright.
There is an old fire road up ahead, let’s take that and go over to the next draw!
Let’s check out the flowers!
Cream Cup, my favorite!
Beadpod, phalecia and tidy tips
Layia or tidy tips
Grape Soda Lupine
San Gabriels and Beadpod
So why are there so many flowers out here when we have been in a drought for 3 years? In my opinion the small rain and snow showers we received in December followed by the mild winter temps, brought them on, No added competition this year with annual grasses. The rain we had this spring just caused even more germination of the wildflowers, so the show goes on.
Here is something interesting!
That will become this!
A desert Hyacinth!
We are on top of a ridge overlooking the flats. There is civilization to the west!
Water on one side, no water on the other. Guess where I live, LOL!
Now if you aren’t tired let us go over to the east across the creek! Need to get a drink first.
Lots of California Junipers over here. It hasn’t burned like the areas to the west of us has. Not has many wildflowers either. Many wildflowers in California come up after a burn, part of their evolution with wildfires.
A lot of the flowers out here are bellyflowers. That is flowers that are better appreciated when you are on your belly. Small, but some years they cover the ground for quite the show.
The predominate flowers out here are the Bigelow’s Coreopsis, Phaelicias (there are a few different types), Layia or Tidy Tips, the tiny poppy and Chia. 3 different types of lupine, Bajada, Arizona and Grapesoda.
I hope you enjoyed your hike with me, I know TNT did! Let’s have a glass of iced tea and sit on the patio and watch the birds ☺
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