Patchy Spring Flowers

A patch of Purple Owl's clover (Castilleja exserta) in sage scrub at the slopes of Lake Hodges, California. April 2019.

The wildflower displays in spring here are often “patchy” – what I mean with that is: it’s no Carrizo Plain, where flowers carpet the entire plain, and overtake hillsides. Instead, the flowers here come up in spots between the taller shrubs, in particular in coastal sage scrub, which is less dense that chaparral.

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Spring into Summer

Cleveland Sage (Salvia clevelandii) in Buckwheat and California Sagebrush, Rancho Bernardo, California. June 2020.

At the end of May and into June, I’m reminded how much beauty is in our Southern California landscapes still, even as summer approaches. I’m growing increasingly fond of the hues and sights of this transition from spring into summer.

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