Trails in Northern California

Trails in Northern California

Leave No Trace!

Visit desovw.org for more information about Desolation Wilderness. Visit Recreation.gov or call 1- 877-444-6777 to make park reservations. Visit Campfire Permits to get a permit online. More about Leave No Trace principles.

3. PHOTOS OF WILDFLOWERS by colors, foliage, berries, fungus, and critters

     You may be one of those people that come here just to see photos of wildflowers, brightly colored leaves, berries, foliage, and those other ultra-closeups called "macros" that enable us to see what our naked eye can't.  This is the page dedicated to that group of  visitors and thank you for coming!  If I can label a plant I will credit you, and mark them in bold.  If I am not sure, I may put what I think it is, but with a question mark.  Feel free to tell me what it is in the comment box below if you know, and thank you!  I have ordered them in color groups, then added berries, a section for foliage and fungus too, and a small group of critters at the end.  Often I will note where I found a plant for your information.

YELLOW WILDFLOWERS:

Originally photographed (by me) at
American Canyon Falls near Auburn, CA.



Buckwheat




Yellow Star Tulip




Common Madia?




Common Yellow Monkey Flower






Madia

Pretty Faces~Found at Fairy Falls, Spenceville Preserve



Monkey Flowers photographed on Crooked Lake Trail




Found in Desolation Wilderness.




Blooming on Coffee Creek Trail in Trinity Alps.



Also found along Coffee Creek Trail.




Frying Pans



Blooming along Grizzly Bear Hike.




Grouse Lake blooms, also unidentified.



A pretty patch of wildflowers on Grizzly Bear Trail.




Hartweg's Iris



Buttercups at Hidden Falls and at Windy Point.




Buttercup at Hidden Falls.



Blooms generously sprinkled along Hidden Falls Trail.




More Hidden Falls gems.



Poppies at Hidden Falls Trail.




We saw these while hiking the Tahoe Rim Trail between
Echo Lake and Tahoe City, through Desolation Wilderness.



Growing along Lyons Creek Trail in
Desolation Wilderness, a Monkey Flower?




This time I photographed this one at Lyon Creek on the way to Sylvia Lake.



Yet another along Lyons Creek Trail. 
Last spring (2012) all wildflowers were abundant!




More Lyons Creek flowers in June of 2012.



Yellow and White Monkey Flower



Blooms at Maud Lake in
Desolation Wilderness in June of 2012.




May of 2010 along South Yuba River.



Naked Cats Ears near Georgetown, CA.




Seep Spring Monkey Flowers (and a
hiking pole for size reference).



February 2010 on our way to snow camp at Lyons Creek. 
The flowers were below the snow line but the roads
weren't plowed so we hiked all the way up Wrights Lake Road.




Irises along the South Yuba River.



I found this one at Windy Point,
another veritable treasure chest of blooms.




Another Windy Point unidentified blossom for me.



Also found at Windy Point.




Again, Windy Point has such a lot to offer
the photographer and wildflower enthusiast!



More yellow from Windy Point.



Yellow Paintbrush
Taken at Miners Ravine Reserve in Rocklin, CA in Nov.

RED WILDFLOWERS:

Canyon Dudleya photo taken at Loch Levin Lakes.


Red Crimson Columbine


Crimson Clover


Crimson Columbine


Canyon Liveforever


Red seed pods photographed at Grouse Ridge.


Indian Pink


Indian Pink or Silene Californica


Mule's Ears


Rose Clover and Crimson Clover

WHITE WILDFLOWERS:

 DOGWOOD




ALPINE COLUMBINE


BEAVERTAIL GRASS


BEAVERTAIL GRASS

BUCKWHEAT BLOOMS


Serviceberry? Viewed at Castle Lake


DOGWOOD in Trinity Alps

DOGWOOD MACRO


ALPINE COLUMBINE?


EVENING SNOW?


FAIRY LANTERNS


FIVESPOTS


GRASS OF PARNASSUS


Photographed on the Grizzly Bear Hike


CORN LILIES AT GROUSE LAKE


Photographed at Grouse Lake area.


Fawn Lily? Photographed in the snow at Carr-Feeley Lakes area.


HARTWEG'S IRIS



IRIS


Leichtlin's Mariposa Lily

Hawkweed?


CORN LILY macro shot of a single bloom.





NAKED STAR TULIP



PENNYROYAL

PHACELIA


PINK LUPINE in Trinity Alps


POPCORN FLOWERS


QUEEN ANNE'S LACE


MARSH MARIGOLD



STAR TULIP


WHITE HEATHER

WOODLAND STAR


Photographed in Trinity Alps

WILD HYACINTH


Wild Rhodadendrens?  Castle Lake




WOODLAND STAR


WHITE THISTLE

 BLUE WILDFLOWERS:

BABY BLUE EYES


Blooms were along Lyons Creek Trail in Desolation Wilderness 6-2012.



TOREY'S BLUE EYE

PURPLE WILDFLOWERS:

Torrey's Monkey Flower~ Azalea Lake west of Donner.


This little patch of color was along American Canyon Trail near Auburn, CA.


ASTER


BLUE DICKS


Found in Trinity Alps



 



Also in Trinity Alps


 Trinity Alps too.


CAMAS LILIES



Velvety Stickseed Castle Lake in Trinity Alps.



CLARKIA



CHINESE HOUSES


Eriodictyom Californicum


Globe Gilia


LUPINE I found at Grouse Ridge



Also found at Grouse Ridge


Another bloom seen at Grouse Ridge.


LAYNE'S MONKEY FLOWER


LUPINE


PHLOX  at Lyons Creek Trail.


PHLOX


Blooms along Lyons Creek Trail.


LUPINE along Lyons Creek Trail.


Wandering Daisy~ Lyons Creek Trail in spring.


NUTTALL'S LARKSPUR macro shot


or known as Delphinium nuttallianum, TWO LOBED LARKSPUR.
Information courtesy of William J. Finch of Desolation Wilderness.

MEADOW LARKSPUR


LARKSPUR?


PENSTEMON?


SHOOTING STARS
(a personal favorite)



SMALL LARKSPUR


SMALL LARKSPUR


TOMCAT CLOVER


VETCH



LUPINE


I included duplicates that have slight variations just for anyone looking for a flower, to offer different views.

PINK WILDFLOWERS:




 





 



Arguably lavender or purple, but for now, we'll call it pink. 
EVERLASTING PEAS

EVERLASTING PEAS

CLARKIA~FAREWELL TO SPRING


 CLARKIA

 PINK INDIAN PAINTBRUSH
 PINK INDIAN PAINTBRUSH
 BLEEDING HEARTS
 In Trinity Alps along the creek we couldn't cross!
 PINK LADIES SLIPPERS
 Along Windy Point Trail

"The beautiful flower is a Castilleja (the indian paintbrush genus).  Its common name, owl's clover, is a little misleading as it is not a true clover (true clovers are in the Fabaceae family), it is a Scrophulariace - or snap dragon family."  Lisa Auchincloss identified that for me!

 

 ORANGE WILDFLOWERS:


 ALPINE LILY








 LEOPARD LILY









WESTERN WALLFLOWER

 BERRIES AND SUCH:

 BLACKBERRIES



 BLACKBERRIES



FUNGUS (MUSHROOMS)




In Trinity Alps


In Trinity Alps


 In Tahoe National Forest
Cronan Ranch


Cronan Ranch





 Cronan Ranch
 This was about the size of a silver dollar.  I found it on a fallen branch
in Tahoe National Forest along the river by Mosquito Ridge.


 Mosquito Ridge.  I am told these are edible and are favorties for the deer to snack on.

CRITTERS:




Trinity Alps visitor when we returned to the truck!


SWALLOWTAIL
Along Statgecoach Trail near Auburn, CA.

My polite visitor at Lyons Lake in June, 2012.

 In Canyon Creek, near Auburn, CA

Found along Canyon Creek, near Auburn, CA


Near Rucky Chucky Rapids, CA





Garden variety snake at top of Codfish Fals, CA.



Frisky daredevil at the overlook deck for Feather Falls, CA.

Common salamander photographed at Mosquito Ridge, CA



FIELD CRESCENT BUTTERFLY

Garedn variety snake along Twin Lakes Trail in Desolation Wilderness, CA.


This beauty was at Hidden Falls.


Camouflaged at Horsetail Falls.




Giant Rattlesnake at Pyramid Creek on the way up to Horsetail Falls.


There is a very well fed rattlesnake of grand proportions
 laying right next to the trail at Lovers Leap!

Ladybug on a lupine in Desolation Wilderness, CA





 Enlarge for a better view of the salamander swimming to the top for air.


SWALLOWTAIL
Banana slug in Trinity Alps.



A mouse had gotten into my things backpacking in Trinity Alps
and had her babies scattered throughout my gear!

 A doe passing through our camp in Trinity Alps.


 Kermit


 At Loch Levin


 Hidden here in the grasses
 is a Great Blue Heron near Loch Levin Lakes.


 The same Great Blue Heron is in the trees.