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Point Reyes WildFlowers

The Seacoast Goldfields (Lasthenia californica) is the most common wildflower on these windswept cliffs above the ocean. Poppies, iris, and lupine are also found but not in such profuse numbers. All the flowers on this page were imaged at the Chimney Rock area of Point Reyes. I used my Canon 10D digital camera with a wide angle Sigma 12-24 mm lens (for this image) or the Canon 28-80 mm lens (for most of the other images). My thanks to Doreen Smith of the California Native Plant Society (see http://www.marin.cc.ca.us/cnps/communities.html) for helping to identify some of these plants.

 

A few more shots from 2005 are here.

    

 

Wild Douglas iris (Iris douglasiana) is another common wildflower on the coastal hillsides, but it does better on the lee sides of hills where the winds are not so punishing. A closeup taken in 2005 can be seen here.

The lupine (probably Lupinus variicolor) is less common than the above plants very close to the edges of these cliffs and likes the lee sides better, where it is a little warmer.

 

The Seaside Paintbrush (Castilleya wightii) is a strikingly colorful accent on the lee sides of the coastal hills at Chimney Rock in Point Reyes National Seashore. It resembles Indian Paintbrush but has a less delicate "brush."

 

Blue-eyed grass (Sisyrinchium bellum), a pretty flower, not too common on the slope where I saw this one.

Manroot or wild cucumber (Marah fabaceus).

 

The image below (an Aloe species) was taken at the top of the stairs at the Point Reyes light house.

 

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