Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Wild Flowers

Location, At Home

We came home from a week of camping at Lake Cachuma. The campground was full over the weekend but really emptied out Monday and Tuesday. We drove to Figuroa Mountain on Sunday and again on Tuesday to see the wild flowers. Sunday’s trip was made via Happy Canyon Road which is open but only dirt for some distance. Meeting lots of other people out looking at the flowers caused some close encounters between vehicles. On Monday there were few other people on the road so we took advantage of that by going up Figuroa Mountain Road to the Figuroa Lookout and picnic area. Lots of trees near the mountain top appear to be damaged from a late heavy snow. Some of the damage has been cleaned up by Forest Service crews.

The wild flowers on Figuroa Mountain Road near the top were spectacular. I will let the pictures speak for themselves. The purple flowers are lupines and the orange are California poppies.