SPRING ON THE CARRIZO PLAIN: 2023
HAPPY EARTH DAY!
Spring is definitely here in all its joy and wonder!
“A flower blossoms for its own joy.” Oscar Wilde
“The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day He created spring.” Bernard Williams
“Spring is when life’s alive in everything.” Christina Rossetti
“No matter how chaotic it is, wildflowers will still spring up in the middle of nowhere.” Sheryl Crow
A good place to appreciate the glory and beauty of spring as it spreads across the land is the Carrizo Plain in San Luis Obispo County, California. Measuring roughly 50 miles by 15 miles, these native grasslands are the largest remaining in California. Within this area, 246,812 acres are designated as the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
The color slowly starts showing up along Highway 58, heading to the north entrance to the Carrizo Plain.
Near the intersection of Highway 58 and Seven Mile Road, yellow blooms seem to spread across the whole Temblor Range.
Soda Lake Road showcases flowers along its sometimes unpaved route. Well, of the 46 miles of Soda Lake Road that connects Highway 58 and Highway 166, about half is not paved. Its gravel foundation is often riddled with deep ruts and potholes. But do not let that aspect of the road deter you from taking this splendid drive.
Heck, I go slow anyway to gawk at flowers and stop for photographs.
Winds are a constant companion.
Closing in on the south entrance to the Carrizo Plain.
“If Spring came but once a century instead of once a year, or burst forth with the sound of an earthquake and not in silence, what wonder and expectation there would be in all hearts to behold the miraculous change.” Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
It was a glorious, marvelous, wonderful very good day!
NOTE: I think these are the names of the flowers included in this post: California Poppy, Molonopia, Baby Blue Eyes, Valley Phacelia, Tidytips, Milk Vetch, Owl Clover, and something blue on a tall stalk.
IT’S EARTH DAY. AS MUCH AS WE CELEBRATE THE BEAUTY AND WONDER OF OUR EARTH, WE ALSO NEED TO DO WHAT WE CAN TO PROTECT THIS WORLD.