Hunt for Wildflowers

That’s My World

Klaus, Sandy, Wren, and Sylvia


This year is not a good year for wildflowers, although we found a few areas that are better than others. Another road trip we took with our fellow hikers and photo enthusiasts to Carizzo Plain National Monument, bordering Kern and San Luis Obispo counties in Southern California.

Taken on April 10, 2011 before another road trip to Sedona, Arizona. Whew! What a hectic and busy weekend activities for this working mom!

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The mountain range is still green, but no showy colorful flowers.

There were some patches of goldfields and owl’s clover

Yellows brighten up the area

A close up of tidy tips.

Overall, I was happy with this fun adventure, although not disappointed at all. There are other places that at this time, wildflowers have peaked their blooms.

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Rock Reflections at Red Rock Crossing

This is the back side of the Cathedral Rock that we hiked in the morning.  We had to cross Oak Creek to capture this effect. The only way to get to the other side was to cross the logs. With the help of my fellow hikers, I made it.

5:42 p.m.

But coming back, I had to get my shoes wet!

Photo courtesy of That John Guy

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Adventure in Red Rock Country!

That’s My World

Klaus, Sandy, Wren, and Sylvia


After a few months of on and off blogging, because I was training on my own, I was ready to explore with our hiking group for a five day adventure to Sedona, Arizona. My goal was 30% hike and 70% photography, but it was more than I have wanted to achieve.

Sedona was named after Sedona Arabelle Miller Schnebly (1877–1950), the wife of the city’s first postmaster. She was recognized for her hospitality and industriousness. Sedona is very well noted for its red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks of Sedona.

The is the panoramic view from our hotel at 7:30 in the morning. Yes, and I am an early riser!

There were so many things to do and see  driving the scenic RTE 66 from California, through the back roads and desert to Arizona.

On our second day I twisted my ankle and scrape my knee, but I was so surprised it dried up so fast. This post is not in chronological order, but I want to tell my experience of my hike and climb of the rocks in the Cow Pie trails, until we got to the Medicine Circle.  There was some electromagnetic force I was feeling.  I did get some scratches bruises, but I did not feel the pain.

some of my creativity while waiting under the shade for the other hikers to come back.

I was brave, I was at the edge of the rock…

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Tidy Tips

Not a good year for wildflowers, but we managed to see a few patches of them.

Carrizo Plain National Monument
Kern County, CA
April 10, 2011

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A Cloudy Day Reflection

This is my last photo series of the Chatsworth Nature Preserve taken on Sunday, April 2, 2011. This is how far (or near) I could get close to the lake after being washed out during the rains some weekes ago.

The Department of Water and Power had decided to close this preserve to the public and Sunday was the last day.

I have enjoyed the scenery, the landscape and some wild flowers. If you are new here, check out my posts below to see the different areas and angles of the preserve. This is my most photographed place where I use the photomerge and panoramic technique. Practice makes a little perfection, not to brag.

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