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2017 Southern California Wildflower Reports - Super Bloom this year

June 5, 2017 Petra reports: The peak of this season may just be done. Flowers still can be found blooming. I was wandering down  dirt roads off HWY 138  West of  Poppy Preserve & near  245 STW. Only to see this strange  purple plant,growing up out of the ground. I'm not sure how rare this is to see?  It's now starting to fade a bit. Fist discovered May 17.2017 Much to my surprise I  had found a real odd plant. I have never seen anything like this before. Thank you Desert USA with your plant ID guide.

Pholisma arenarium, Desert Pholisma, Scaly Stemmed Sand Plant, Dune Food

April 27, 2017 Jody reports: Took this one 4/25/17, Color is still good if you explore a little.

April 27, 2017 Amrita reports: I visited Carrizo Plain National Monument on 22nd April, pictures below

April 24, 2017 David reports: Went to Carrizo Plain on Sunday 4/23.  Plain is pretty dead.  A few locations where flowers are actually blooming; west side of overlook hill, patches near lake where springs come to the surface.  Lake drying up pretty quickly with warmer, windy weather.  Substantial areas completely withered and dead.  Further south you go, the grasses dominate.  In the mountains northeast above the plain, bloom still pretty strong but dominated by yellow flowers.  Little blue or purple noted. Very strong bloom this year.

April 24, 2017 Yaneeka reports: After reading the daily updates, I knew the blooms were dying down, but my goal was still to get up there and see the orange, purple and yellow together. To that end, I did have success on Sat, Apr. 22nd.

April 22, 2017 Michael reports: Most of the color has faded in the park but it is still a "10" one mile east of the visitors center. Solid flowers for over two square miles. Here is a typical wildflower display you will see near the corner of Simler and Soda Lake road. 

April 22, 2017 Phil reports: Some photos from Wed, April 19 in the Temblor Range. Drove north on Elkhorn road look looking for color in the hills. The poppies from posts just a few days earlier were almost nonexistent. Took Hurricane Road to the ridge road. Still lots of yellow, but had to search hard to find a few remaining patches of purple phacelia. This was my first visit to the Monument this year. Photos are as shot, no processing.

April 21, 2017 Susasn reports: Just spoke with the BLM for Carrizo Plain.  I was told they closed Simmler Road today, 4/21, because several cars got stuck in the mud there yesterday. Selby campground road is muddy too, but passable  with caution for a high-clearance vehicle like a truck. Was suggested to hike it instead. Recommended to use Elkhorn Grade Road only on north end  Most of the color is gone there but still yellow.  It is past peak.

Update 4/21 10pm Simmler Road is now open, but not recommended for low clearance vehicles because of all of the ruts, mud and puddles.  Selby Campground Rd is now open.  The road has a pretty patch of owls clover a short way from Soda Lake Road.  Except for large fields by the visitors center & Selby Campground Rd, on Soda Lake Road and Simmler Rd, and a few small patches here and there, most everything else seems dried up.  Such a big contrast from the Super Bloom. There is still some yellow color and  a little purple on the Temblor Range. Pictures taken Friday 4/21 Some color still  in the Temblor Range.  Owl's clover on Camp Selby Rd.

April 21, 2017 DUSA reports: The 2017 California Poppy Festival™ is scheduled for April 22-23, 2017. The Festival gates open at 10 a.m. both days, and takes place rain or shine! The Festival will close at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and 6 p.m. on Sunday. The California Poppy Festival is held at Sgt. Steve Owen Memorial Park (formerly Lancaster City Park), conveniently located just off the 14 freeway at Avenue L.

April 21, 2017 Jody reports: Carrizo Plain Tuesday evening as the storm passed through I went to the west side and looked back across the valley. It was incredible to say the least. Mostly yellows and a few oranges...the other colors seem to be drying out. Here is a pano.

April 20, 2017 Toshi reports: Carrizo Plain - I happened to visit the same spot on Sat 4/15/17 featured on the third aerial picture taken by Tayler in the Temblor Range. I recognized the location since I was eyeing the same place on the
most recent satellite image that had a high concentration of yellow bloom. About 2.5 miles in from the TH.

April 20, 2017 Diana reports: Carrizo Plain Here are some pics from 4/13 off of Elkhorn Rd. headed SE, past Wallace Creek where the road turns left then right. It’s the “painted hill” trail that is pretty obvious to people driving past, marked by lots of parking availability and a big brown cow fence.

April 18, 2017 Tayler reports: Carrizo Plain - Few photos I took this Saturday 4-15-17. The first shot was taken SSE of the Fellows VOR looking North across the Caliente Range toward the Carrizo plain and Soda Lake from about 5,500' AGL (Above Ground Level)

The next two photos were taken along the west side of the Temblor Range about 4,000' AGL. The wider photo has Elkhorn Rd. in the foreground near vicinity of the old water tanks and possibly a trail head where people are parking. 

April 17, 2017 Mark reports: Carrizo Plain - I shot these on the Trembler Range on Friday 8/14. I parked at a trailhead off of Elkhorn Road (35º 16’ 28.84” N   119º 48’ 24.16” W) and headed on the trail staying to the right all the way to these views.  It’s about an 800’ climb over about a mile with good trails, and you’ll be rewarded with an amazing display.  It will also put you high enough to see the entire basin below. 

April 17, 2017 Nhi reports: Adding my thanks to Jonathan's report on April 10, we found the painted hill trail on 4/16.

April 17, 2017 Katie reports: Carrizo Plain again 4/15/17. Don’t miss the Soda Lake Overlook, the view of flowers on the mountains reflected in the lake is worth the trip, but on the side facing the lake there was a great variety of colors, baby blue eyes, larkspur, something with pink triangular blooms, cream cups, and something that looks like white larkspur. You can take a side road around to the back that takes you most of the way up by car leaving only a little left to walk. Just go it is worth it!!

April 16, 2017 Sephire reports: Many thanks to Jonathan Report on April 10, I was able to hike the Temblor Ranch trail yesterday (04/15) and here are some photos.

April 15, 2017 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of April 15th, the hills are drying out but poppies are still blooming across the western slopes. Bush lupine, fiddleneck, and some smaller flowers are still in bloom, but most other wildflowers have faded. The hot weather this weekend will dry them out more, but possible rain next week may keep the survivors going to the end of April.

April 15, 2017 Laurel reports: I'm attaching some photos that were taken yesterday (April 13) at Chollas Lake Park, about 20 minutes east of downtown San Diego. From Highway 94, exit College Avenue, and go left (west) on College Grove Way. There is a field of purple statice and yellow flowers at the entrance of North Chollas Community Park, about half a mile west of the lake entrance. 

Head back to College Grove Way and go east towards the lake, but enter at the parking lot midway. There are abundant purple and yellow flowers around the park, which also has exercise stations. Below is the view from the picnic area.

April 15, 2017 Charlee reports: These were taken in the ravines of the Temblor Range east of Soda Lake
on April 13.

April 15, 2017 Helen reports: Many thanks to Jonathan Report on April 10, we were able to find the Temblor Ranch trail, which is spectacular as shown in the attached photos.  The further you go, the prettier it gets. Photos 4/13/17

April 14, 2017 Keung reports: 4/11/17 - Carrizo Plain National Monument Phacelia Field for purple flowers near Van Matre Ranch on Soda Lake Road.

Hike about 1 mile from Wallace Creek Trailhead.

8.5 miles from 7 Miles Road on Elkhorn Road

 

 

 

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