March 29-31, 2017 Please check out the Portfolio for more flower photos.
The recent heavy rains in California have produced an abundance of wildflowers. The first day we visited Diamond Lake near Hemet, CA. So many people had been there and trampled the flowers, that they closed the main wildflower trail, but the Lakeside trail had just as many flowers. The main flowers were yellow Mexican poppies, blue lupine, and pale pink phacilia.
The next day we headed north toward Lancaster, but the wind was very strong so we continued further north to route 58 on the north end of the Carrizaro Plain. On the hills of route 58 we found masses of yellow daisies and sometimes in the foregrounds were muted yellow tall fiddlenecks (not so pretty). On Soda Lake road in the Carrizaro Plain we saw very small yellow flowers with a pungent odor, yellow daisies, and purple phacelia. In one photo there is a purple stripe of phacelia that is a quarter mile away. Finally on the third day we found the orange California poppies around the Antelope Valley Poppy Preserve near Lancaster, CA.