California Valley Wildflowers

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By John Wiley

California Valley was starting to bloom yellow when flew by a few days ago. Painted Rock is fascinating as usual, and Soda Lake has water. The hills along the San Andreas Fault combined blossoms with shadows and a soft cloud topping. Undulations in the valley floor wore a burst of colors amid iridescent blue haze. Across the mountains toward Santa Ynez Valley we wondered if anyone visits a grand sandstone rock formation.

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John Wiley Mar 13, 2019 05:36 PM
California Valley Wildflowers

Two Abbys & Emmenanthe asked the location of that cool sandstone cliff. I've just returned from Denver, or would've replied sooner. I think it's this one about 9 miles South and a mile or so West of the West end of New Cuyama: https://goo.gl/maps/vCNhRkdy95v

EastBeach Mar 11, 2019 12:46 AM
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First ... thanks John for the great photos! Second ... I have mixed feelings about flights over public lands. I'm very glad there are FAA flight restrictions over the Grand Canyon. When we're backpacking down in the canyon's backcountry (where few tourists go except for rafters) the solitude and quiet are amazing. You're really on your own for a week but it's a special experience. Hearing a flight in that situation really spoils things. But in places like Carrizo that are amazing yet relatively close to urban areas and many motorized tourists, my expectations are different and the sound of a plane wouldn't bother me. I guess it's all relative. Wherever you go, enjoy your special places and respect the land.

ACF Mar 10, 2019 09:20 PM
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Little planes don't make the noise the giant 12:30 am transcontinental jets make. Thanks, John, and sorry for the person who got up on the wrong side of the bed!

two abbys Mar 09, 2019 09:19 PM
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Lovely photos, thank you ! I too am wondering where the sandstone formation in your last photo is...

Eggs Ackley Mar 09, 2019 12:14 PM
California Valley Wildflowers

Wilderness, solitude, getting away from it all...NOPE there's that annoying mechanical mosquito joyriding through the sky spewing unnecessary greenhouse gases and noise to intrude on some of the quietest moments of your lifetime. Disturbance of the peace of this special place is so inconsiderate and selfish. You might have a relic mindset if you spend your week doing aimless Sunday drives that haven't been a thing since the 50's. This is not the action of someone who truly cares about our beautiful planet.

a-1568687382 Mar 09, 2019 06:21 PM
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My gawd, it's the pot calling the kettle black. How selfish are you? Ever heard of live and let live? Gawd, people suck!

tagdes Mar 09, 2019 06:11 PM
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As owners of 10 acres just off of Soda Lake Rd. not far from the Elkhorn Scarp I can assure you that when we are up there the sound of a small plane flying over for maybe 1 to 2 minutes max is not bothersome. Are you complainers hiking in or part of the multitude of tourists churning up the dust on the hour and 10 minute drive to the Visitors Center or even the campground. Last super bloom it is was gridlock on Soda Lake, Panorama and Elkhorn Rds. So if Johns' photos are a foreboding of what's coming you'll find more peace and solitude elsewhere unless you camp ( very limited ) at KLC or Selby and up before the hordes from Taft, Maricopa and Cuyama early starting points get there.

a-1568687382 Mar 09, 2019 10:31 AM
California Valley Wildflowers

Beautiful photo! Thanks, John. Couldn't see this if it wasn't for you and your camera!

a-1568687382 Mar 09, 2019 01:43 PM
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What a silly and selfish comment. Your desire to 'see it' overcomes any damage the process of you satisfaction demands?

Emmenanthe Mar 09, 2019 08:07 AM
California Valley Wildflowers

Beautiful photos of spring getting under way on the Carrizo Plain! The wildflowers there can be spectacular, and March is usually their showiest month. Where, approximately, is that grand sandstone cliff? It looks as though there is a trail at the bottom, but not sure whether it's made by people or critters. Thank you!

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