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2019 Southern Ca. Wildflower Reports

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June 12 2019 Kathy reports:  June 2nd, I went back out to Newton Canyon off Kanan Rd. for the third time to check out the Humboldt Lilly blooms.  There are at least a dozen of them about 1/4 mile from the trailhead.  The large flowered phacelia is still blooming and growing about 4 ft tall.  Still patches of collarless poppies, fringed pink, caterpillar phacelia, yucca, morning glory and California hedge nettle.  Can't believe there's still abundant wildflowers in June.

June 8 2019 Scott reports: There are still some poppies along Highway 138 / West Avenue D in the Antelope Valley.  I presume the late rains extended the lives of some of the plants.  Most of the plants are along roadsides where extra water collects due to road runoff, and also there are select patches of poppies on hillsides for whatever reason.

May 16, 2019 Bob reports: We took the southern half of the Phantom Trail again yesterday [5/12/19]. This is the Mulhollland end, heading north towards Liberty Canyon Road. It's still quite an experience, but changed from last month. Now, it's Butterfly Central - - millions of them [no exaggeration]. They're swarming all around you at the trailhead, and they're all over the flowers in front of and beside you as you walk. You'll flush them off the plants as you go. We were totally alone on the trail, yet far from alone - - no other people, but more butterflies in a couple hours than you'll likely see the rest of your life.

As for plants, the flower mix is now mostly wild mustard and at least three types of phacelia, including the large flower kind. There are still poppies in bloom here up near the highest peak along the trail; a few thousand there and along the nearby ridges, not many elsewhere. We did also see lots of other flowers, but in smaller quantities: datura, scarlet pimpernel, owls clover, Indian paintbrush, snakeroot, common sunflower, and something white and vaguely snapdragonish [see photo] among others we couldn't identify. As expected, the lupine were all but gone, having turned into tan crunchy hollow stalks that crumble easily.

As for trail conditions, the mustard has really taken over for much of the first mile; it wraps around your feet as you hike, whaps you in the face, and tugs at your arms. Very bush-whacky, not suitable for children. Even finding the trail is more of a challenge now; the half-burned sign is now shrouded in mustard, and the path is overgrown enough that you have to pick your way along it carefully. But if you need a final flower fix before the season ends, or want to be totally surrounded by butterflies, check it out.


May 10, 2019 DesertUSA reports: Not wildflowers but a great view. Found these on the lower east side of the Salton Sea in Imperial Valley. California produces about a 1/4 of the world sunflower seeds'

May 7, 2019 PPR reports: Inyo Mountains, east of Big Pine, CA 5/3

April 26, 2019 Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve reports: As of April 25th, there are still some smaller displays of vibrant orange poppies in bloom on the reserve, as well as patches of other flowers and plants that exist here.  Many of the poppies, though, are now gone, while others have started to wither.  Regardless, we are expecting some bloom throughout April.  If you are looking to find the exact location of a particular flower or plant, our staff can point you to the right trails when you arrive.

April 26, 2019 Derek reports: Pinnacles National Park, High Peaks Trail, which ranges between 1300 and 2500 ft elevation. I haven't been here in the spring before, but it seemed like a peak time at the higher elevations. The vegetation was vibrantly green.

April 22, 2019 PPR reports: Alabama Hills, west of Lone Pine, Ca. 4/19/2019

April 19, 2019 Jonathan reports: The Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve is still carpeted with color! The wind is beginning to take its toll on some of these orange beauties, but if you look carefully and walk far enough, you'll see some healthier, more robust poppies for close-ups.  There's a few grape soda lupine at the crest of the Tehachapi Vista Point just west of the visitor center.  Not only do they make for a very nice photo composition, but they smell just like grape soda (hence, the name!) and are worth some deep sniffs if your allergies aren't acting up.  The last photo of the parking lot was taken at about 11:15am as I was leaving.  A LOT of cars waiting a long time to get in!!!  If you can arrive before 9:15am, you'll thank yourself. Photos taken 4/14/19

April 19, 2019 Kathy reports: 4/15/19, I hiked the Cistern Trail at Malibu Creek State Park in Calabasas, that was burned in the Woolsey Fire.  The photos don't do justice to show the diverse display of wildflowers.  There were hundreds of caterpillars, mostly painted lady with a few white-lined sphinx moth, munching away at the lupines.  Wildflowers seen: Windmill Pink, Caterpillar Phacelia, Eucrypta, Matilija Poppy, Morning Glory, Yucca, White Snapdragon, Globe Lily, Catalina Mariposa Lily, Popcorn Flower, Mustard Evening Primrose, Western Wallflower, Black Mustard, Whispering Bells, Golden Stars, Coastal Lotus, California Poppy, Scarlet Pimpernel, Indian Paintbrush, Owl's Clover, Stinging Lupine, Dove Lupine, Tomcat Clover, Filaree, Wishbone Bush, Red Maids, Parry's Phacelia, Sticky Phacelia, Fiesta Flower, Blue-eyed Grass, Foothill Lupine, Winter Vetch, Purple Nightshade, Nemophilia, Wild Hyacinth, Twining Snapdragon, Cliff Aster and others that I couldn't identify.  

April 19, 2019 Silvia reports: Antelope Valley Reserve coming down from Antelope Butte Vista Point. April 14, 4:30 pm

April 15, 2019 Scott reports: Areas of the Antelope Valley are still in full bloom, others are significantly faded, or completely gone to seed.  Generally, late-riser flatlands are doing better than early-riser hillsides.  I was pretty much through for the day, but was still driving dirt roads when I found this little amazing tiny spot located at 34.719232,-118.328520.  The resolution of this image is significantly reduced from the 435 megapixels image created by planar stitching four or five dozen overlapping 24 megapixel images together.   It has technical flaws in the corners, so it is not a candidate for very large format printing - it’s basically trash.  OUCH!  Maybe I should just shoot color film with my 4x5!  Regardless, it gives a good “like you’re standing there” presentation.

April 15, 2019 Stephen reports: Photos taken 4/12/19. Flower are at peak bloom and still look fresh. Best flowers at west end of L8 ave in Lancaster and along Lancaster Rd just east of Poppy reserve. Nice blooming Joshua trees with yellow carpet on 138 north west of Poppy Reserve.

April 12, 2019 DB reports: These were taken April 5, 2019 at the very west end of the Antelope Valley, north of the 138.

April 10, 2019 Eileen reports: Photos 4-6-19, Near Opal Mountain and Black Mountain. Outside of Barstow. 

April 10, 2019 Mark reports: Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve taken 4/2. Spectacular! About a 9 out of 10. The poppy flowers closed at about 3 pm.


April 8, 2019 Jay reports: April 6th. Lower Zuma Canyon. Fire recovery full swing. Trees showing new growth. No Humboldt Lilys but plenty of color.

April 8, 2019 Rick reports: Hello! These were taken (4/4) in Cuyama Valley just off 166. The stretch of road between 101 and I5 was very colorful. 

April 6, 2019 Wes reports: Antelope Valley arguably has a super bloom. Best I've seen in several years. This was taken April 4th on a very windy day.

April 5, 2019 Beena reports: Antelope valley poppy reserve 4/3/19

April 4, 2019 Clayton reports: The two photos feature (1) California goldfields as far as the eye can see and (2) a beautiful desert candle. Areas around California City are in full bloom right now and are quite beautiful. Of special note is the (relative) abundance of desert candles along the dirt portion of Randsburg-Mojave Road. Although the attached photo focuses on a single desert candle, there is a portion along the road that has many dozens of them clustered quite near one another. I've never seen so many clustered together--I usually just see one at a time spread quite far apart.

April 3, 2019 Frank reports: These 2 photos were taken April 1 at the Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve.

April 2, 2019 MB reports: California Poppy Reserve. Sunday March 31.

April 2, 2019 Susan reports: Photos taken on Saturday March 30. Didn't get there till late in the morning. Coming from Lancaster, cars parked on both sides of the road for 1-1/2 miles to Poppy Reserve entrance, which is another 1/2 mile to the parking lot. It was full. On the other side of the entrance, cars parked for more than 1/2 mile to 160th St. Traffic just slowly inched along and stopped several times. Reserve was closed for any more cars to enter. Many other places to park along the side of roads with many people taking photos of family, friends and selfies. Munz Ranch Road not so busy but poppies there too. I took a dirt back road on opposite side of reserve to get a photo of mountain background. Other pics taken near the reserve. Joshua trees in full bloom. Only reason I went on the weekend was because it was not so windy, but by noon the breeze already had picked up.

April 2, 2019 Kelly reports: 3/30 I believe this is the same spot Scott reported back on 2/25 that's half way in-between Rosamond & Mojave and yes will need a 4x4 if you decide to do the loop trail.  Hiking to the flowers are not needed though and the best part, we had it all to ourselves.

April 2, 2019 David reports: Took these pictures this past Saturday in Malibu Creek State Park. While there are some areas with a poppy outbreak it was the lupine that was super bloom status everywhere. This is a section of Malibu where the Woolsey fire came racing through.

April 2, 2019 Samantha reports: This was at the antelope valley poppy reserve on 3/31. 

April 1, 2019 Katie reports: 3/31/19 at Antelope Valley East of the Poppy Reserve, I took dirt roads off Ave 110 going West toward the reserve. I saw white evening snow around some poppies that were not yet open (8 AM) lots of poppies and birdseye gilia as the day warmed up. Beautiful

April 1, 2019 Scott reports: The location of the FJ Cruiser is 35.278404, -118.057751.  Not much in the way of flowers in the region, and then there is this amazing hillside.  Got there via well maintained graded roads.  Used 4x4 low since I was only going about 10 mph at the most.  To the left, out of view, is a defunct dirt bike trail that climbs right through the middle of the flowers.  Hiking is all steep and loose terrain - be prepared.

April 1, 2019 Katie reports: March 30, 2019 At Red Rooster in Red Rock Canyon found some Bigelowe monkey flowers and yellow ones too in a wash close to sunset. On Hwy 15 getting there saw desert dandelions and apricot mallow.


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