Table Mountain Wildflower Carpets

I went up to Table Mountain, which is just north of Oroville and has some BLM land where millions of wildflowers bloom in the spring. Under the right conditions, it can be spectacular. I was lucky this year and timed it just right to see some of the best displays in years.

On the road up there were a lot of orchards, I think these were new walnuts

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Up on the mountain, which is flat (hence the name), lots of people were flying kites in the light wind

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Here is the view when you arrive

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Fields in all directions, each with different hues

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These yellow ones surrounded empty spaces, not sure what most of the flowers were

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Blue and gold of lupine and poppy

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All over this hillside

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You can see that yellow one’s pattern better here

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The creek comes off the mountain

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In a wonderful and refreshing waterfall

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You can see the volcanic origins of the mountain with the striations, which form when lava cools slowly in large blocks

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Like a fairy land

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No words

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Blue and white

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A cow and its calf, this is also used as range land

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Another waterfall

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And more of the slowly-cooled lava

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That tree must be really old, and really happy

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Now the close-ups, a monkey flower

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Yellow succulent

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Native pansy

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Another succulent

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Popcorn? (corrected to Ham and Eggs, see comment below)

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Lupine

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Larkspur, one of my favorites

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Miniature larkspur with a bee (corrected to dwarf Lupine)

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The purple owl’s clover

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Another monkey flower

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Indian paintbrush? (corrected to Owl’s Clover)

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You could see snow mountain in the distance, you can see how it got that name since it is the only one in this part of the coast ranges that collects snow. You are viewing it from the opposite side of the middle sacramento valley

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Next up – Abandoned Mercury Mining in the Middle of Nowhere

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2 Responses to Table Mountain Wildflower Carpets

  1. ron says:

    I thought I would give a helping hand on a couple of your wildflower names: You questioned popcorn? It is commonly called Ham and Eggs or Johnny Tuck (Orthocarpus erianthus) and the indian paintbrush is owl’s clover (Orthocarpus densiflorus)—The bee is actually entering a dwarf lupine (Lupinus bicolor)

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