9 places see wildflowers in Northern California #ad

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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!


In point and click SR+ mode!

fujifilm landscape



fujifilm wildflower


fujifilm landscape

fujifilm portrait

fremont older


landscape 1

panorama 2

panorama 3

My daughter's Alexander Hamilton pose! Playing with double exposure on the Fujifilm X-A3.

wild flowers

queen anne's lace

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poppies 2

poppies near fence


Disclosure: I am working in a paid relationship with Fujifilm to showcase their new X-A3 camera. All opinions are my own.

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  1. 18/04/2017 / 19:47

    Oh how fabulous Susanna. Sounds like a great list and the scenery is magnificent, the orange ones are beautiful. Fantastic colours and I love the panoramics too 🙂

  2. 16/04/2017 / 09:37

    Absolutley stunning. Your pictures remind me of when i did the young ranger program in California……loved it!!

  3. 13/04/2017 / 16:11

    Love wildflowers and this is such a great list. The pictures are fab too. That double-exposure ability is v cool!

  4. 09/04/2017 / 17:30

    What gorgeous pictures – great colours in there too. Would love to see these for myself. Beautiful.

  5. 09/04/2017 / 15:30

    What a glorious sight! I can’t believe how lush California is looking.