The Art of Nature in Native Plants of the Golden State of California
Hello all! This is my first blog post and I'd like to write about one of my favorite topics: the art of nature! This post also gives me a chance to share one of my largest properties: photography of flowers and plants.
Wildflower fields near the entrance of Carrizo Plain National Monument
As a nature and plant lover, I’m very fortunate to live in California, one of the most floristically (and biologically) diverse areas in the world. Do you know that there are more than 5,000 native plant species in California? This impressive number includes one-third of them being endemic and is uniquely local in this Golden State.
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The California Floristic Province, which includes 70% of California and extends into southwestern Oregon and northern Baja California, was designated as a world biodiversity hotspot in 1996 by Conservation International. California’s high biodiversity is due to the variety of climates, topography, geology, and natural barriers to migration.
San Joaquin blazing star (Mentzelia pectinata)
For wildflower lovers, spring is an exciting time to be in California; the rolling hills, green valleys, and coastal slopes are colored with wildflowers! Such natural landscape deserves to be transferred onto any artist's canvases.
Hillside daisies (Monolopia lanceolata) and Great Valley phacelia (Phacelia ciliata) at Carrizo Plain National Monument
The wildflower displays are especially spectacular during the so-called “super bloom” years. I feel fortunate to be able to capture some of the amazing wildflower fields at Carrizo Plain National Monument and North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve during the super bloom in spring 2016. If you are interested in finding out best locations to see wildflowers in California, check out the Wild Flower Hotline: http://theodorepayne.org/education/wildflower-hotline/
The site provides weekly on-line updates on the best locations for viewing spring wild flowers in Southern and Central California as well as other resources on wildflowers and native plants.
Here are some more of the beautiful wildflowers in California! These photos were taken during the 2016 trips mentioned above.
Poppies (Eschscholzia spp.), sky lupine (Lupinus nanus), blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), and popcorn flower (Plagiobothrys sp.)
sky lupine (Lupinus nanus)
Purple Owl's Clover (Castilleja exserta), Sky lupine, poppies; blue dicks, goldfields, blue-eyed gilia
bitter root (Lewisia rediviva)
Wildflower fields near Carrizo Plain National Monument; sky lupine field at North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve
Tidy tips (Layia platyglossa) and California goldfields (Lasthenia californica)
Credit:Post written by Ling. August, 2017, California.
Photography by Ling, 2016, California.