Tuesday, March 14, 2017

LAKE ELSINORE: 3/10/2017 Poppies & Other Spring Wildflowers off Walker Canyon Rd., Minthorn Street and Camino Del Norte

It's been years since we've seen California poppies and other wildflowers (but mainly poppies) carpeting the hills off I-15 in Lake Elsinore. This has undoubtedly been a banner year due to the combination of lots of precipitation over the winter season followed by generally frost-free, sunny and warmish weather. One of the best spots for poppy viewing is along Walker Canyon Road, and the hills above Minthorn Street (accessed from the Main Street exit off I-15) are carpeted with the purplelicious blooms of California Bluebells (Phacelia minor). These amazing technicolor wildflower displays have even caused traffic jams on I-15 through the Lake Elsinore area! 

 Walker Canyon Road
Addy & Sasha along the edge of the poppy field. This was as far as we
let them go so they wouldn't trample willy nilly over the wildflowers.


 Addy & Sasha having a blast sniffing out new stuff

 Our handsome chunky monkey

 Walker Canyon 

 California poppies (Eschscholzia californica) and Chaparral Gilia (Gilia angelensis)
Walker Canyon

 Walker Canyon

 California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica), Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), and 
Chaparral Gilia (Gilia angelensis)
Walker Canyon

Walker Canyon.


 Walker Canyon

Walker Canyon 


 Chaparral Gilia (Gilia angelensis)
Walker Canyon

Goldfields (Lasthenia californica)
Walker Canyon 


California Wishbone Bush (Mirabilis californica)
Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


 Walker Canyon

Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


Walker Canyon 


 Walker Canyon

 Walker Canyon Road

 Off I-15N heading to Lake Street exit

 Off I-15N heading to Lake Street exit

 Off I-15N heading to Lake Street exit

 I-15S heading back to Murrieta

 I-15S heading back to Murrieta (between Lake & Railroad Canyon Rd)

Off I-15N Lake Street exit to Walker Canyon Road

  California Bluebells (Phacelia minor), hills above Minthorn Street off I-15


                     California Bluebells (Phacelia minor), hills above Minthorn Street off I-15


 California Bluebells (Phacelia minor), hills above Minthorn Street off I-15 (exit Main St.)

California Bluebells (Phacelia minor), hills above Minthorn Street off I-15

 Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) off Minthorn Street

 Collar Lupine (Lupinus truncatus) off Minthorn Street

Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) off Minthorn Street

Chaparral Gilia (Gilia angelensis) off Minthorn Street


 Common Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii) off Minthorn Street

  
 Pectocarya or Cryptantha spp? off Camino del Norte

 Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), off Camino del Norte 

 Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), off Camino del Norte 

 Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum), off Camino del Norte 

 Strigose Lotus (Acmispon strigosus), off Camino del Norte  

Friday, March 10, 2017

SHAVER'S VALLEY (E. Riverside County, CA) - March 4, 2017

A very wet winter season this year portends well for the desert areas here in Southern California. On March 4th, we headed out to Shaver's Valley in Eastern Riverside County, about 130 miles from Murrieta, to check out the blooms. It was a pleasant day, around 70F at 1:30pm, and just a tad hazy -perfect lighting for photographing wildflowers. Lots of greenery on site indicating that peak bloom is yet to come.


Dirt track off Frontage Road south of I-10 next to SoCal Gas Company's pump station


Gas pump station

We parked about a mile up the offroad track.

Addy is intrigued

 Gil with our fur babies, Sasha & Addy



Stonehenge?


3 peas in a pod.



 Oooh! Modelo cervezaensis!


View of the Orocopia Mountains. 

 Orocopia Mountains



 Orocopia Mountains

 Ocotillo (Fouquieria splendens), full of buds but not yet in bloom

 More Ocotillos

3/4/17 Curvenut Combseed (Pectocarya recurvata)

 3/4/17 Bearded Cryptantha (Cryptantha barbigera)

3/4/17 Bearded Cryptantha (Cryptantha barbigera)

White Bursage (Ambrosia dumosa)


Cheesebush (Ambrosia salsola)


Desert Lavender (Hyptis emoryi)


Pale Suncup (Camissoniopsis pallida)


Diamond/Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)


Diamond/Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima)



Desert Star (Monoptilon bellioides)


Desert Star (Monoptilon bellioides)
  
These look like mule deer tracks along a sandy wash - how cool is that?

Desert Chicory (Rafinesquia neomexicana)


Jojoba (Simmondsia chinensis)

Whoa, is that a shroom?


Brown-Eyed Evening Primrose (Chylismia claviformis)


Brown-Eyed Evening Primrose (Chylismia claviformis)


Brown-Eyed Evening Primrose (Chylismia claviformis)


Turkey Vultures riding the thermals overhead


Shredding Suncup/Booth's Evening Primrose (Eremothera boothii ssp. condensata)


Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris)


Beavertail Cactus (Opuntia basilaris)


Chuparosa (Justicia californica)

California Fagonia (Fagonia laevis)


Little Gold Poppy (Eschscholzia minutiflora)


Jones' Desert Trumpet (Linanthus jonesii)

Thick-leaved Ground Cherry (Physalis crassifolia)


Creosote Bush (Larrea tridentata)

Chia (Salvia columbariae)


Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa)


Desert Gold Poppy (Eschscholzia glyptosperma)


Ocotillo (Fouqueria splendens)


Notch-leaved Phacelia (Phacelia crenulata)


Common Phacelia (Phacelia distans)


Golden Suncup (Chylismia brevipes)


California Barrel Cactus (Ferocactus cylindraceus)


Purple Mat (Nama demissum)


Yellowhead (Trichoptilium incisum)


Golden Suncup (Chylismia brevipes)


Cottontop Cactus (Echinocactus polycephalus)


Gilia ssp.


Desert Marigolds (Baileya multiradiata) off I-10W 2 miles from Dillon Road exit


Desert Marigolds (Baileya multiradiata) off I-10W 2 miles from Dillon Road exit


Desert Marigolds (Baileya multiradiata) off I-10W 2 miles from Dillon Road exit