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

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