|On cloudy days, some flowers stay closed.|
Many generous local plant people have nominated their favorite hikes and allowed me to use their wonderful photographs which I will be sharing at the show. Over the next few weeks, I will be posting some of those photos here with more details on spring hikes, giving you tips on how to find and enjoy wildflowers and providing links to some of these great photographers. Go to the "Search This Blog" window in the middle of the right-hand column and enter "wildflowers" or "hikes" to find the updated posts about wildflower hikes. Please add your observations and check the comments for the most recent information.
|Hairs on leaves of the same plant collecting dew.|
The 2011 wildflower bloom is about 3 weeks behind most years because of the cool spring weather we (and the plants) have been experiencing. Different types of flowers will bloom early in the spring than those that will bloom a few weeks later, so go back to your favorite places to see the progression. Flowers start opening sooner in the southern parts of the peninsula where it is warmer and drier, and then the bloom progresses northerly up the San Francisco peninsula. Parks very close to the coast can stay cool and foggy, and the spring wildflower bloom may be slightly later and more prolonged there.
Respect Mother Nature and her variability. Not every year, every spot and every day are going to provide spectacular displays of wildflowers. Some of these photos are going to astound you, but remember when in nature, it is being in the right place at the right time, absorbing all the gentle moments in between. If you slow down and enjoy the hike, you are sure to find an ever changing exhibition of spring liveliness.
|Without the showiness of petals,|
you might notice the delicate hairs on the sepals of the flower bud.
- Coyote Ridge
- Coyote Lake - Harvey Bear Ranch County Park
- Rancho Canada del Oro, Blair Ranch
- Almaden Quicksilver County Park
- Santa Teresa County Park
- Joseph D. Grant Ranch
- Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve
- Edgewood Park and Nature Preserve
- See also Friends of Edgewood Park
- San Bruno Mountain County Park
- See also San Bruno Mountain Watch
- Huddart Park
- Thornewood Open Space Preserve
- Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve
- Monte Bello Open Space Preserve
- San Pedro Valley County Park
- Montara State Beach and McNee Ranch State Park
- Bean Hollow State Park and Pescadero Beach State Park
- Ano Nuevo State Park
|Soon, when the spring sun comes out,|
these cream cups (Platystemon californicus) will expose
their multiple stamens to the insects of Russian Ridge.