Hi Pentaxian friends.
I can hear it now, It doesn't get cold in California, does it? Well, California has all of the weather. Where I live, what they call the "High Desert", it can get pretty cold. The elevation is approximately 4,000 ft and the surrounding mountains get as high as 9,000 feet. There is always snow on the mountains in winter and it sometimes stay till mid-summer. This winter was particularly cold and we had up to 12" of snow, which apparently was a 40 years record.
California has beautiful wild flowers and they are of different species depending of the elevation. The wild flowers usually appear early March but this year, we are about one Month late. The quantity and quality of blooming largely depends of rain and how much snow has accumulated on the mountains. We didn't have much rain except for the early part of winter, which of course has accumulated as snow on the mountains through the long winter. Now that the snow is melting, it seems that we will have a good wild flower season after all. We are seeing some results here at the 4000 ft elevation. The end of April through mid-may is the best time for photographing wild flowers, as they are blooming at all elevations.
I went for a ride today, (Sunday March 29, 2009) in Lucerne Valley and then to Big Bear Lake. There was some blooming in Lucerne valley but there was nothing yet in Big Bear at an elevation of 7,600 ft.
I thought I would share some of the early pictures.
Thank you for reading,