Photo Essay: Spring Wildflowers

I am constantly reminded of why I call the San Francisco Bay Area home. The Bay has been my “home” base for almost 8 years. And for oh so many good reasons…

One of those reasons is spring wildflower season! Being late-June now, the season has come and (mostly) gone at this point, and I’m happy with the variety that I got to see while out hiking around this spring.

The flowers (and the journey involved to see them) provide me with another reminder of a change in the seasons, of the impact of weather patterns, of transition, of pure un-touched natural beauty, and of the possibilities that come with new growth.

Without further ado, here are those beauties:

Indian Paintbrush

Indian Paintbrush (Tennessee Valley trail)


Checkerbloom (Tennessee Valley trail)


Bush lupine (Tennessee Valley trail)


Milkmaids (Corte Madera marsh)


Douglas Iris (Muir Woods)


Foxglove (Dry Creek Rd in Sonoma county)


Sticky Monkey flower (Pfeiffer Big Sur state park)


Morning Glory (Pfeiffer Big Sur state park)


Columbine (Pfeiffer Big Sur state park)


Yellow bush lupine in Andrew Molera state park (Big Sur)


Purple vetch in Andrew Molera (Big Sur)


Wind Poppy (Mt Diablo state park)


Showy Mariposa Lily (Mt Diablo)


Red Ribbons (Mt. Diablo)


Mt Diablo Fairy Lantern


Chinese houses (Mt Diablo)


Wild pea (Point Reyes)

And here’s the California state flower, the elegant and sensitive poppy:


California poppy (Point Reyes)

Finally, while not technically a flower, I’m giving a special mention to poison oak since this is a plant that you want to be able to identify… it can be found everywhere in the woods of California and just about any time of year too. I happen to be one of the fortunate few who don’t react to the poisonous oil on the plant. Lucky me!

Poison Oak (Mt Diablo)

Poison Oak (Mt Diablo)



  1. Philip · · Reply

    Beautiful flower photos, Sam! We recognize the ones we saw on our hikes in Big Sur.

  2. Joke Groen · · Reply

    Absolutely lovely!

  3. […] Our timing was perfect… the weather was absolutely gorgeous, before the inferno of an inland summer, and right at the tail-end of wildflower season. […]

  4. […] Meditating in nature away from the commotion of the City peels off that superficial layer that I wrap myself in to protect me from the bombardment of my senses when I’m going about my day-to-day in the City. Then I can ask myself the deeper questions, listen to what my soul really wants to do, and explore what shows up in nature to my heart’s desire. Like wildflowers! […]

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