Figueroa Mountain Wildflower Bloom
By Robert Bernstein
This is the beginning of the peak season for wildflowers on Figueroa Mountain. We ventured out there on Monday to avoid the weekend traffic from all the "super bloom" hype in the news!
Here are all of my photos and a video!
There was a huge blanket of poppies on the top of Grass Mountain. Here were views from the official parking lot/overlook about 4 miles past the Midland School:
Here was a panoramic view from that spot
This caterpillar was happily curled up inside a poppy at the overlook area
There were plenty of goldfield flowers in that area, too
A bit further along was an oak tree festooned with mistletoe
Also some chocolate lilies
And lots of delicate shooting stars like these
Another half mile along Figueroa Mountain Road is the Ranger Station. And another 0.9 miles past the Ranger Station is a pullout/parking area for the famed poppy and lupine hillside! Just walk a bit further along the road and the hillside rises up to your left!
The term "super bloom" is a bit of an exaggeration for this area. But there are plenty of poppies and lupines to see up close!
Here is a video I made of that hillside
Helen Tarbet of the US Forest Service sends out regular updates during this season about the wildflowers on Figueroa Mountain.
You can email her at <firstname.lastname@example.org> and she will be happy to add you to her email list.
Here is her latest update here on Edhat!