North Table Mountain Superbloom

On a trip to North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve, Oroville, California, I took these pictures there of the wildflowers in blooms. It was Easter and there were many wildflowers like lupines, purple owl’s clover, poppies, and many other blooming wildflowers. The whole mountain plateau looked like a giant Easter basket full of colored eggs or ,in this instance, colorful wildflower blooms.

Poppies in the Sierra Foothills on Earth Day.

Here are ten pictures that I took on the 50th Earth Day Celebration. I found these poppies and lupins in Calaveras County, the Gold Country, near Jackson, California. It was a beautiful Earth Day full of spring color. I was surprised to find so many poppies on the hillsides.

Scenes along the Mokelumne River and Sutter Creek

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I took some pictures of the Mokelumne River along Electra Road near Jackson, California.  The river was above its banks where you can see some tree trunks in the water. I saw a few poppies growing along the banks. I took a picture of Sutter Creek from the footbridge  near the historic downtown.

While I was on a guided tour of Heritage Oak Winery, East Woodbridge Road, Acampo, California, given by David Yu during the Bird Safari class offered by Olli, Osher Life Long Learning Program, I took the last two pictures there. The vineyard goes south to the Mokelumne River. The last picture is the flood water from the winter rain storms. The main river channel is about a quarter of a mile farther south. The owner had planted a new vineyard in the bottom land close to the river levee. That vineyard is now underwater. I learned that a lot of farmers and vineyard owners are impacted by the Mokelumne River flooding.


Mount Diablo Poppies and other Wildflowers

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Here are ten pictures that I took of poppies and other wildflowers while driving up the road to the summit of Mount Diablo State Park, California. I went in the south gate and left by the north gate. I experienced great sunny weather and beautiful scenic views along the way. I went on a weekday so little traffic and crowds. But I did see other photographers taking pictures and watercolor artists busy sketching and painting.


Wildflowers along Electra Road, California.

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Here are some pictures of wildflowers that I took on a picnic with a couple of friends. We had the picnic along Electra Road that follows the Mekolumne River. There are lots of interesting and beautiful wildflowers there on the hillside including poppies, thistles, Mariposa lily, miniature lupines, and more. I used a Nikon D300s with a Nikon Micro 6o mm lens for close-ups. Electra Road is off of Highway 49 near Jackson, California.

Mokelumne Wildflowers

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Drove my VW Eurovan from Stockton to Jackson, California, Friday, along Highway 26. Then turned north on Highway 49 toward Jackson. Crossed the Mokelumne River and lastly turned right on an one lane road that parallels the river. Took these pictures of the wildflowers along the way. I used a Nikon D300s with a Nikkor micro 60 mm 2.8 lens and a Nikkor 50 mm 1.8 lens. Nature gone wild.