It was the second day of Spring, and I was not incredibly optimistic about having a good day looking for wildflowers. It had rained the day before and was—in fact—still raining into the morning. The rain was expected to stop by about noon, but it was still cloudy. My goal was to get out to Carrizo Plain National Monument, but since it is traversed by a combination of paved and dirt roads, I knew I would not drive on those roads until they had time to really dry out. Afterall, four cars were stuck in the mud last week.
The best I could do would be to head towards the Carrizo Plain National Monument and just see what I could find. I started on some county roads heading out to pick up Highway 33 near McKittrick; that road becomes Highway 58 as it heads out toward Seven Mile Road.
I drove about 65 miles to get out into the beautiful hills. Some more color started to appear in the fields as I moved closer to McKittrick.
The color on the early part of the drive was nice but not really spectacular. The clouds, however, were incredible–they made it a good afternoon even if that’s all I saw.
The greatest color was evident around the intersection of Highway 58 and Seven Mile Road. Yellow seemed to be everywhere, with occasional spots of purple, white, and orange.
There were no poppies and lupine on these hills. They are my favorite, and I should see them when I visit the Poppy Preserve in a few weeks. In these hills, Goldfields, Great Valley Phacelia, Common Fiddleneck, and Milk Vetch provided the color. They are pretty!
Some Nice Little Purple Flowers
Great Valley Phacelia
It ended up being a wonderfully colorful afternoon. I look forward to driving out to Carrizo Plain National Monument in the next couple of weeks. This year’s bloom could rival the 2017 Super Bloom.