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2014 Northern California Wildflower Reports

April 28, 2014 Morgan reports: On Friday April 25 we drove West Pozo Road and went up River Road to the Blinn Ranch trail head at the back of the Santa Margarita Lake Regional Park. On West Pozo Road there are several small areas of lupine on the side of the road, while along River Road there are some grass savannahs with large Valley oaks with nice concentrations of lupine and other small flowers. Photo taken on River Road with a Canon S95 in the morning.

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April 28, 2014 CTS reports: Flowers on California Sonoma and Mendocino Coast Hwy 1 are beautiful as of last weekend. Lots of California Poppy along with other specie. These photos taken between Fort Ross and Sea Ranch.

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April 15, 2014 Rena reports: On 4-13-14 my husband and I took a drive on SR-245 and encountered the most beautiful array of wildflowers in a natural setting that just took our breath away and made us smile. The route starts in Visalia, CA, where you will head east out of town on SR 198 for just a few miles until you come to the SR-198/SR-245 intersection. Then you take SR-245 north to and through Woodlake Junction. You just continue following the SR-245 signs through the foothills and long sweeping turns. The road continues to wind and twist. Stick with it all the way to Highway 180 and you will be rewarded with miles of lovely wildflowers. If you'd like, at Highway 180 turn left and you will probably see even more wildflowers. We turned right instead and visited Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon.

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April 12, 2014 Rich reports: Attached are photos taken April 7th. at Division Creek, Eastern Sierra Foothills.... just north of Independence, CA.

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April 11, 2014 Daniel reports: I made my return trip to North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in Oroville, CA. It was raining that day so the poppies were closed and curled up. It is currently in peak bloom with fields of purple and yellow surrounding all around the lava rocks. Since there are no established trails I once again went on a Saturday guided hike. However, I saw a decent view of wildflowers within 1/4 to 1/2 mile straight out from the parking lot. The Chico Hiking Association website does have some topography maps.

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April 8, 2014 David reports: Weekend of 7/5 near Orland CA. Found ookow, lupine, fiddleneck, tritelia, larkspur and others. Beautiful green grass,

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April 3, 2014 Ray reports: Inspired by Daniel’s report and photos on March 20, I decided to go up to North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, in Oroville, CA. It was incredible! Lots of wildflowers and all of the streams and waterfalls were flowing. I plan on making a return visit very soon.

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March 20, 2014 CTS reports: Colusa County 3/19/2014

Colusa County 3/19/2014

March 20, 2014 John reports: I took this photo of a nearly white california poppy, thought you might like to post on N. Calif site. A "few" flowers if one looks closely, Common Henbit, Fiddleneck, Yellow Mustard, are showing in farmland and roadsides. This taken in Colusa County.

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March 20, 2014 Daniel reports: I went to The North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve on Cherokee Rd in Oroville, CA(.3/1/14) Since there are no established trails and it was my first time visiting this location, I signed up for the free Saturday guided hiking tour on the Dept of Fish & Game website. After several days of rain, the seasonal waterfalls had a good flow. I saw 3 on the guided hike and 2 from the road. Although it is still early in the season, several different types of flowers were on display. There will most likely be a good showing of wildflowers around the end of March. Make sure to wear appropriate shoes because I traveled 2-3 miles through rocky hill terrain, cattle pastures, and a few stream crossings. I will do a followup report on my next visit.

Directions: From Hwy 70 in Oroville. Exit at Grand Ave (Exit 48). Go East (right) on Grand Ave for 1 mile. Left on Table Mountain Blvd for a tenth of a mile. Right on Cherokee Road 6.3 miles north to the reserve. Official access is through a small parking lot on the west side of Cherokee Road.

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Table Mountain

March 17, 2014 Nancy reports: These photos were taken on 3-14-14 at Division Creek in the Eastern Sierra about 15 minutes north of Independence, Ca.

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Jan 13, 2014 DUSA reports: No reports at this date. E-mail your digital photos and reports to Jim@desertusa.com. Use Wildflower Report as the subject of your e-mail.


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