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Wild Flower West
updated: Feb 01, 2013, 12:49 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

We live in Brooklyn and want to come out to Santa Barbara on March 24th to photograph wild flowers in your area. Can you please tell us if you think that there will be much to see this year in your area?

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 COMMENT 369963P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 01:42 PM

A taxi to Figueroa Mountain will run ya about $40/mile.


 COMMENT 369966 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 01:45 PM

Not a lot of rain in town but Santa Ynez has been doing better. Look up Figueroa Mountain Wildflowers and you will get an idea of what you should see on 3/24. That is a perfect date, my anniversary. Take the entire loop around the mountain back down Happy Canyon as there are different zones and plants.


 PAMSB agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 01:46 PM

March can be an "iffy" month...sometimes our hardest rains fall in March. I would say late April/early May would be the best, if you could come then.


 COMMENT 369968 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 01:48 PM

Wildflower "season" can be fickle and unpredictable. If you're hoping to photograph the Figueroa Mountain poppies and lupine...we won't know for a while if we will get a good bloom or not. We always have wildflowers of some type or another in Spring and you'll definitely find something to shoot in our foothills or in the Santa Ynez valley area. I hope we have a good year too, specifically the Death Valley area, where I want to go this spring.


 COMMENT 369979 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 02:24 PM

I love photographing wildflowers!

You should search Flickr using key words like:

Santa Barbara Botanical Garden
Mt or Mount Figeroua
Carrizo Plain (National Monument)
Shell Beach
Hwy 58
Santa Ynez

Then note the dates the photos were taken

And Aqua is right, you never know, and this might be a good year for Death Valley- 1.47" on the morning report and Lone Pine (think rocks and Ansel Adams)


 COMMENT 369984 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 02:30 PM

If you go to Death Valley leave a morning sunrise and sunset for the Alabama Hills outside Lone Pine.


 COMMENT 369995 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 02:42 PM

Yes. There are always wildflowers here in spring.

If you have time and transportation, another great place for wildflowers is the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve.


 COMMENT 369996 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 02:44 PM

These are all great suggestions so far. I would also like to suggest the area surrounding the La Purisma Mission near Lompoc. It will depend on our spring rains.


 RIBES agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 02:59 PM

For true "wildflowers" you might want to consider Arroyo Hondo Preserve. Local natives in their natural habitat with trails, scenic vistas and large areas of native vegetation. Open first and third weekends; reservations required. Check it out here: http://www.sblandtrust.org/arroyo-hondo-preserve-2/


 COMMENT 370005 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 03:02 PM

Hwy 1 between the 101 and Lompoc may be filled with wild flowers by then. The hills are quite beautiful near there too!


 COMMENT 370008P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 03:07 PM

Mount Figeroua finds nothing.

Figueroa Mountain would be a better search string.


 COMMENT 370040 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 04:57 PM

Botanic Gardens http://www.sbbg.org/

Rose gardens near the Mission.



 COMMENT 370059 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 05:35 PM

I second the poppy preserve in the Antelope Valley.


 COMMENT 370063 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 06:11 PM

960.... Love it!


 COMMENT 370092 agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-01 07:48 PM

D8vanilla has your best bet. Unless you're willing to spend months waiting it's a gamble. If it's popping the Carrizo Plain is hard to beat!


 COMMENT 370161P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 07:25 AM

Contact Mark Jansen http://markjansenphotography.com/. He leads all kinds of photo workshops into the mountains and desert and has many years of experience in this area. He's a great guy and may be able to help. Go Brooklyn!


 COMMENT 370183P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 08:39 AM

Schedule with a company that takes people out to the desert during bloom time. I think they use jeeps.


 COMMENT 370239P agree helpful negative off topic

2013-02-02 12:23 PM

Contact the local Camera Club and you may get someone to ferry you around. California is a dream compared to where you are at. A bad day here is a great day there. If we have sufficient rain the dessert is where you will find true treasures.


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