Spring is coming to a close in the Central Valley and the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. I have been busy recording some of it, and I invite you to take a look at my ongoing project photographing the common Wildflowers of California.
In February, 2020, I had the opportunity to visit the Algodones Dunes in Imperial County, where I recorded a few wildflowers blooming in that desert. In the spring of 2021, I photographed in two locations near my home, the Stebbins Cold Canyon, a UC Davis preserve, and the South Yuba River State Park, in the Sierra’s foothills.
My definition of wildflower is loose: although the majority of the photos were obtained in the wild, I have also photographed a few CA native plants growing in the local arboretum. Whenever possible, I tried to make an artistic portrait of the flowers; however, because wildflowers are delicate and should not be disturbed, are often near the ground or next to other vegetational elements, they are invariably difficult to isolate.
I based my identification on internet searches, identification books, species’ lists for the parks visited, and identification labels on site. That being stated, I am not botanist, and if you know wildflowers and find any names that seem obviously wrong, please let me know.