California: Creative Images From The Carrizo Plains

I have a special affinity for the Californian landscape since I was born and raised there. It is one of the most incredibly diverse landscapes I have ever been to, including deserts, dramatic mountain peaks, rugged coastlines, and some of the most awe inspiring forests and trees in the world.

Death Valley  |  Anza-Borrego  |  Joshua Tree  |  Mojave

Sierra Nevada | Sequoias

Owens Valley  |  Inyo & White Mountains (Bristlecones)

Mt Diablo  |  Foothills  |  Carrizo Plains  |  Los Angeles Basin

CA Coast  |  Northern California

The Carrizo Plains is ordinarily a rather dry enclosed grassland plains, offering refuge to elusive reintroduced pronghorn, and plenty of jack rabbits. Every once in a while, though, the plains and Temblor Range to the west put on a spring wildflower show unmatched by any place I've seen, or heard of. It is truly a sight to behold. 2010 and 2017 were both spectacular years, and neither were traditional El NiƱo years (which generally correspond to a good bloom in Southern California). 

Temblor Range Flowers Aerial, Carrizo Plains National Monument, California, monet's palette, wildflower, 2010, spring
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Soda Lake Aerial, Carrizo Plains National Monument, California, earth veins, otherworldly,
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Carrizo Plains, Superbloom, Flowers
Temblor Range Aerial Wildflowers, Carrizo Plains National Monument, California, spring from the air, spring, cessna,
Temblor Range Flowers Aerial, Carrizo Plains National Monument, California, spring tapestry, 2010, wildflowers, coreopsi
Temblor Range Flowers Aerial, Carrizo Plains National Monument, California, monet's palate, wildflower, 2010, spring