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)

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Checkerbloom (Tennessee Valley trail)

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Bush lupine (Tennessee Valley trail)

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Milkmaids (Corte Madera marsh)

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Douglas Iris (Muir Woods)

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Foxglove (Dry Creek Rd in Sonoma county)

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Sticky Monkey flower (Pfeiffer Big Sur state park)

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Morning Glory (Pfeiffer Big Sur state park)

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Columbine (Pfeiffer Big Sur state park)

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

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Purple vetch in Andrew Molera (Big Sur)

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Wind Poppy (Mt Diablo state park)

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Showy Mariposa Lily (Mt Diablo)

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Red Ribbons (Mt. Diablo)

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Mt Diablo Fairy Lantern

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Chinese houses (Mt Diablo)

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Wild pea (Point Reyes)

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

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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)


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4 comments

  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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