A ride of 2014:05:26 (Memorial Day), concentrating mostly on the amazing profusion of wildflowers that have appeared despite the paucity of rain this winter.
The tree poppy (or bush poppy).
May 26 2014, 13:24:56
Some sort of small daisy-type flower; sorry I can’t be more specific.
May 26 2014, 13:25:33
Little lupines growing in the scree.
May 26 2014, 13:26:13
May 26 2014, 13:27:01
May 26 2014, 13:27:30
A bush poppy, the bikes, and the road, with the daisy-like thing visible at the lower center. If this photo doesn’t inspire you to get out there and ride, nothing will. What a place.
May 26 2014, 13:30:05
At higher elevations, the sage appears in bloom. Here John comes riding into the picture, with sage and yucca in the foreground, growing out of the sheer scree wall of the canyon.
May 26 2014, 13:54:15
Also at higher elevations, monkeyflower. Once again it appears to be growing out of nothing at all.
May 26 2014, 13:55:12
A clearer view of the monkeyflower, with sage to the right. This is their idea of soil????
May 26 2014, 13:55:37
Monkeyflower and sage together on a dry rocky cliff.
May 26 2014, 14:15:12
Looking up the cliff past the monkeyflower; on top, out of focus, is a lot of manzanita.
May 26 2014, 14:15:50
Sage in bloom, tree poppy in the center, and the view west from the locked gate at the top of the road (Lake Cachuma is clearly visible).
May 26 2014, 14:18:07
The sage attracts the butterflies in vast numbers. They are so distracted and busy that they didn’t mind my coming right up to them to take a photo. This is a checkerspot of some kind (perhaps a variable checkerspot).
May 26 2014, 14:18:29
Lupines in a greener-looking area.
May 26 2014, 14:43:05
Phacelia by the side of the road.
May 26 2014, 14:57:36
Same phacelia, same road.
May 26 2014, 14:57:53
At lower elevations, Our Lord’s Candle in bloom. No survey would be complete without them!
May 26 2014, 15:19:24
The bikes, taking a little rest before the final descent to the car.
May 26 2014, 15:20:09
A yellow thistle (not in very good focus, sorry about that).
May 26 2014, 15:21:33
Hidden in the grass, beside a yucca, a mariposa lily!
May 26 2014, 15:22:11