Along a trail that we frequently use for our walks, Alex and I found an astonishingly large patch of Climbing Milkweed. We must have walked past it plenty of times – only now that a lot of the vegetation is brown and in its summer dormancy, the small flower clusters and the deep, muted green of the vine was more noticable. We spent an overcast morning there photographing them, earlier in the month.
Alex and I went for a Saturday morning loop hike at Palomar Mountain. We hiked at Palomar Mountain many times but rarely do so in the actual State Park because dogs aren’t allowed on the trails there. This time we left Toni at home to check out a loop hike in Palomar Mountain State Park that Alex had found through Scott Turner, the co-author of “Afoot & Afield in San Diego County”.
Some wildflower photos from spring 2018 that I made our recent walks and hikes in and around the greater San Diego area.
When we visited Carrizo Plain at the end of March, the wildflower bloom was probably one week before its peak, and it was already incredible to see the sheer amount of wildflowers.
In mid March, the trails at Torrey Pines are seamed with wildflowers, thanks to plenty of winter rains. We took a walk in the late afternoon, first on the Guy Fleming Trail, then on the Parry’s Grove Trail. My photos below will give you a good impression of what the trails look like during this time of the year.
Last weekend we drove down to Borrego Springs to see how the wildflowers in the desert are doing this year. For weeks, people have been talking about a potential “super bloom” in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, since it was a very wet winter and the last storm at the end of February alone brought up to 1.5 inches (~40mm) of rain to the desert.
Just something I saw at the side of the road during our April 2016 roadtrip…
A photo from our visit to Germany in 2014. In late Spring and early Summer, the pastures are full with wildflowers and the cows grazing there must be the happiest cows I’ve ever seen. 🙂
A honey bee feasting on blooming lavender at the Keys Creek Lavender Farm in San Diego’s north county.
We found beautiful displays of wildflowers along Henderson Canyon Road near Borrego Springs in Anza Borrego Desert State Park yesterday. After some attempts at close-ups I mostly used the wide angle lens, and had a lot of fun with it.