I just love when clouds produce shadows!
Friday, a friend and I took a drive out towards the Carrizo Plain. (The Carrizo Plain National Monument itself was closed). We figured the drive would not show the spectacular color of the 2017 Super Bloom. Heck, we were not even certain we would find any color at all. But we knew the drive—with its hills and vistas, its trees and rock formations—would be beautiful enough.
Besides, it was just nice to get out for a drive along a desolate road through the countryside.
We left Bakersfield, taking Highway 58 heading west toward Carrizo Plain. Initially, there were some purple blooms lining the road.
Eventually other small groups of flowers started to pop up.
We took Soda Lake Road, heading past Soda Lake to Highway 166 and back home. That road—part paved, part not—always has some great vistas. Today the distant hills seemed to have some especially distinctive variations and shadows.
There were a few flowers along the way as well.
That’s Soda Lake in the distance.
This is the little blossom out in the fields–its size is smaller than a dime.
This little butterfly was a lovely surprise!
Heading home we finally saw another car–and we stayed at a safe social distance. We did wave, however!
It was a great day!
A LITTLE NOTE: Today (May 20) would have been my dad’s 100th birthday. Hard to imagine. This pandemic would have been hard on him, even though he was a world-class worrier. He would have enjoyed taking this drive with me as we often took little nature treks together. Of course, I would have had to convince him that such a drive is indeed essential, so okay to take given the safer at home rules.
Dad out on a little adventure.
Mom and Dad together out on a little adventure.
Dad passed in 2014.
I always feel like Dad is with me in spirit on my nature treks!