Hallelujah! Governor Jerry Brown has announced that California’s 5-year drought is officially over! The warm oceans waters of El Nino have resulted in a plethora of rain.
The heavy rains have given California another gift – the most spectacular display of wildflowers the Golden State has seen in years!
I took the opportunity to capture the moment with my new Fujifilm X-A3, which I am testing (see my full review of the Fujifilm X-A3). The mirrorless camera is a great step up from a smartphone, and cleverly has many scene positions – including Flower and Landscape mode, which I thought would be perfect for documenting my mission! You can buy the camera exclusively at Jessops.
The best time of year to see California wildflowers is in the springtime – March, April and May – though you can see some throughout the summer. They thrive in grassland, forest and coast climates.
They have cracking names like Pacific Bleeding Heart, Milk Maids, Johnny Jump-Up, Blue Dicks. Make sure not to pick any – just take a photo as a memento. It’s illegal to pick Poppies if it is on state property.
Nine places to see wildflowers in Northern California
Fremont Older Preserve Cupertino, CA 95014 +1 (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/fremont-older
Russian Ridge Open Space Preserve Redwood City, CA 94062 +1 (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/russian-ridge
Long Ridge Open Space Preserve La Honda, CA 94020 +1 (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/long-ridge
Picchetti Ranch Open Space Preserve Cupertino, CA 95014
+1 (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/picchetti-ranch
Sierra Azul Open Space Preserve Los Gatos, CA 95032
Phone: (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/sierra-azul
Monte Bello Open Space Preserve Los Gatos, CA 95033
+1 (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/monte-bello
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve Los Altos, CA 94022
+1 (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/los-trancos
Windy Hill Open Space Preserve Portola Valley, CA 94028 +1 (650) 691-1200 http://www.openspace.org/preserves/windy-hill
Ridge Vineyards 17100 Montebello Rd, Cupertino, CA 95014 +1 (408) 867-3233 https://www.ridgewine.com
Download this FREE guide from the Openspace Trust!
Disclosure: I am working in a paid relationship with Fujifilm to showcase their new X-A3 camera. All opinions are my own.