We returned on Tuesday, this time with cameras and with more time to explore the flora and fauna. Here’s some of what we found:
There were the huge displays of wildflowers, beautiful rock formations…
and trains coming from the Cajon Pass, heading to Los Angeles.
Chino Hills State Park is covered with yellow mustard, wild radish and poppies. Trailheads seem to have disappeared in the mustard…we couldn’t locate Raptor Ridge, for example, nor the Hills for People trail.
With our trusty black umbrellas, we walked in the rain in Rancho Cucamonga and discovered the Etiwanda Preserve had jumped the gun on May flowers!
There were fields of yellow deer weed and a hillside of pink penstamon along Day Creek. Lupin, western wallflower, chia, sage and even a bush of hairy phlox. Pictures can’t do justice to the acres and acres of color, but here they are:
It covered the hillside above the wash, near the Gauging Station.
The hillsides are blossoming with sage, buckwheat, mariposa lilies, mint, popcorn plant and much more. In fact, the wildflowers seem to be exploiting the clear areas near last year’s burn, mixing color with the charred remains of the chaparral.
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