Yes, finally the days are long enough, the weather cooperative enough, and spring is ready to show off for us.
I seem to know some great spots to see the new and fresh life of spring . Although I plan to map all of my wildflower shots on flickr, here are my lucky spots, still viable for those of you looking to see these beauties in real life.
GGNRA in Marin – The trail is found by driving up Cozuleman Rd to the new roundabout (look for a tiny parking lot on North side) or by driving towards Ft Cronkhite and turning on the road just past the old military family housing and driving to the top. Columbine, Lupine, Paintbrush, Poppies, Stonecrop, Dudleya, 3 kinds of berries, just to name a few. Awesome!
Point Reyes, Marin County – Always a satisfying trip in the spring. Wild Radish, Irises, and zillions more. Never a disappointment. Dogs aren’t welcome in a lot of the park, so if you have your
4-legged friend with you head to Kehoe Beach, where doggies are welcome and the flowers are everywhere. A great dune filled beach with a cute little lagoon.
Bodega Head, Sonoma County – Wildflowers of course, and also a great spot for people interested in our feathered friends. The first Cream Cups I ever saw were there, and actually I have never seen them anywhere else. Also lots of lovely Yellow Bush Lupine and fiercely blue Douglas Iris.
Foothill Regional Park, Windsor, Sonoma County – Great place to have a nice workout and see lots of Mules Ears, 2 kinds of Irises, as well as Blue Eyed Grass, Hounds Tongue and so much more.
Howarth Park to Spring Lake , Santa Rosa, Sonoma County – Keep your eyes peeled as you take the trails less traveled up the wooded hillside. Similar flora to Foothill Regional Park.
Willow Creek Road, Sonoma County – Use your GPS to find the Occidental Side to this road, which goes all the way to the coast. Trillium, Irises, Wild Rose, Bicolored Lupine, Self Heal, Poppies, rare Spotted Coral Root and California Bee Plant
…and the view is excellent. Another good workout, too!
Hood Mountain Regional Park, Sonoma County – The Lower Johnson Ridge Trail is where I spotted pretty Mission Bells, my first. Be in good shape for any trails in this park. So lush and beautiful you feel as if you have been transported to a semi-tropical rain forest.