View Full Version : Point Reyes and Big Rock Ridge

Sandy S
05-02-2011, 10:33 PM
Point Reyes: The Yellow Bush Lupine bloom was outstanding in places. Cow Parsnip and California Poppies were often seen along the road. The all yellow Point Reyes Meadowfoam (Limnanthes douglassi ssp.sulpurea) twas blooming and more profuse than on previous trips. The curvy hillsides past Historic Ranch B were loaded with wildflowers. lants in bloom included Pussy Ears ( Calochortus tolmeii), California Poppies, Mule’s Ear, Douglas Iris, Buttercups, Checker Mallow, Yarrow, Hedge Nettle, Lupine, Foot-steps-of-Spring, Strawberry, Chickweed, Morning Glory, Yellow Monkey Flower, Suncups, Fiddlenecks. All of the above was next to or just off the road.

Big Rock Ridge is a huge rock on the northern side and highest point of Lucas Valley road in Marin County. The southern side was very flowery and it is the beginning of the Big Rock Ridge Fire Road, which we followed for maybe a quarter of a mile. There were large areas of Goldfields. Also seen were Tidytips, California Poppies, Golden Monkey Flowers, Hog Fennel (lomatium), Red Maids, a yellow Triphysaria (?), Phlox, Cream Cups, Yarrow, Owl’s Clover, Plectritis and a pink clover. Lucas Valley Road also had a lot of the whitish Del Norte Iris in bloom.

To see photos and more information go to: http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2011/05/02/point-reyes-and-big-rock-ridge/ (http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2011/05/02/point-reyes-and-big-rock-ridge/)