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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby copeg » Tue Mar 15, 2016 8:12 pm

Wildflowers do not follow any set rules


I'm not convinced. FWIW model takes into account more than just annual rainfall (weather station data is pretty comprehensive), and it's validations are solid. Unfortunately it's fit on a limited amount of data, and if it's wrong maybe we can learn something. But if it's wrong flowers could be nill, and to quote your post above:

Keep hope alive


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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby mountaineer » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:41 am

Here is a page of photos from Monday. Lots of flowers, just not a ton of variety yet. Temblor Mtns were gorgeous. Heading out there again today.

http://www.sierramountainphotography.com/id140.html

A couple of samples:

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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby maverick » Thu Mar 17, 2016 11:30 am

Thanks for the pictures Mountaineer. :thumbsup:
Carrizo is supposed to receive some showers on Monday, hopefully that will help things pop in the next couple of weeks. [-o<
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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby mountaineer » Thu Mar 17, 2016 6:23 pm

Variety was a little better today. These were along Hwy 58 west of Carrizo.

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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby giantbrookie » Thu Mar 17, 2016 9:46 pm

Those are some really stunning photos. I really had no idea the wildflower bloom could be so amazing there. I just think of Carrizo as this really dry place where the San Andreas fault is so nicely expressed in the landscape. I guess I should head over there for a look, but I'm now headed north to the SE Bay Area for 8 days in the field teaching (Sunol Regional Wilderness). Sunol RW during some years has some really amazing blooms on the parts of the park that are underlain by serpentinite. Perhaps this will be one of those years. We'll see.
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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby maverick » Fri Mar 18, 2016 11:35 am

This is the kind of bloom we are waiting for GB, it has been six years, but as you can see, it is quite spectacular. Even though DV was pretty this year, it was just a big carpet of yellow flowers, my preference is carpets of multiple colors like this. :nod:
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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby mountaineer » Thu Jun 09, 2016 4:24 pm

Even though DV was pretty this year, it was just a big carpet of yellow flowers


I concur. I heard all these people screaming about a DV "SUPERBLOOM!!!!!!!". I dropped what I was doing and went. Kind of disappointed. Lots of yellow flowers. The only variety I found was in the drainage ditch along the sides Beatty Rd. Not real conducive to photography. I did get a couple of shots where the yellow flowers created a nice contrast and FINALLY got the snow-covered mountains reflection at Badwater Basin! :)

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Speaking of Carrizo Plain, it has been absolutely spectacular there the last 18 months or so. I have done more photography there than anywhere else in that time. We might have to start a thread JUST for CP images.
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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby ERIC » Thu Jun 09, 2016 5:50 pm

Nice photos, Jody! Love the contrasting colors.
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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby mountaineer » Fri Jun 10, 2016 7:57 am

Thanks Eric. Death Valley is my favorite NP now...but only when it is cool and stormy. :) Carrizo is only about an hour from my house so I spend a lot of time there.
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Re: Carrizo Plain Flowers

Postby maverick » Fri Jun 10, 2016 8:39 am

Carrizo is only about an hour from my house so I spend a lot of time there.


Have you seen the damage by the Soda Fire last week Mountaineer, on the southern end of the monument? Approx 2000 acre burned, but it has been contained.
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