Additions, Common Wildflowers of California

Spring is finally over in California. It has been over 100 F for a few days already and it is hot! On a previous post, I introduced my project photographing the common Wildflowers of California. I also wrote that I was hoping to visit some additional sites for late spring bloomings.

The new flowers filtered from the previous ones can be seen in the featured photograph above. It is a screen shot of my Lightroom collection. Please refer to the portfolio for larger pictures and the names of the flowers.

Worthy of note in my collection is Sarcodes sanguinea Torr. (see picture below), also known as Snow Flower. Unlike other plants, the Snow Flower is not capable of photosynthesis. It extracts nutrients from mycorrhizal fungi that attach to the roots of coniferous trees. In the Calaveras Big Trees State Park, S. sanguinea usually makes an appearance in May. You can learn more about this exquisite plant and name derivation here.

Sarcodes sanguinea, Snow Flower

I created this bog in the beginning of 2021, six months ago. Thanks to all my followers for putting up with me. I enjoy being here and reading the interesting and engaging blog posts of those whom I follow.

On a side note, June 15 was a happy day in California, when the mandates aimed to control COVID-19 were lifted. Looking back, I think the mandates, combined with reduced travel and closed schools, were very efficacious in preventing the seasonal flu. Covid-19, on the other hand, was not so well contained, at least in this state. But now that a lot of people are vaccinated, infection numbers have finally gone down. I am optimistic and looking forward to some normalcy in my life.

Published by Alessandra Chaves

Photographer with a preference for nature photography in black and white and other abstractions.

14 thoughts on “Additions, Common Wildflowers of California

    1. Thank you. I really like to see and to photograph Sarcodes sanguinea. I posted in my portfolio a photo of one specimen I found that was white. I don’t know if it is because it was still young. I didn’t find anything on the internet about specimens lacking the red pigmentation.


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