Category Archives: Wildflowers

Image of the Week – 10/26/14

Wildflowers along State 94 near Engineers Summit in March 2008.
Wildflowers along State 94 near Engineers Summit in March 2008.

Wildflowers in bloom on Cuyamaca Peak

Cuyamaca Peak in San Diego County is a really steep but rewarding hike. From the 6512′ summit, a wide area of San Diego backcountry can be seen. In May 2014, the trip up the mountain was just as interesting. Many different types of wildflowers were in bloom, which added a nice touch to the still evident devastation caused by the 2003 Cedar Fire.

Looking up the trail, many dead trees can be seen from the 2003 fires.
Looking up the trail, many dead trees can be seen from the 2003 fires.
Lupine alongside the road to the summit.
Lupine alongside the road to the summit.
Indian Paint Pot flowers, I think.
Indian Paint Pot flowers, I think.
At the summit, looking northerly toward Palomar Mountain and Santa Ysabel Valley.
At the summit, looking northerly toward Palomar Mountain and Santa Ysabel Valley.

Poppies in bloom!

On a trip to Grapevine Canyon today, I saw quite a few poppies in bloom. Grapevine Canyon and the area around the California Poppy Reserve were quite spectacular, considering the dry winter. The recent rains, which have been well timed, seemed to have made the drought a little prettier to look at.

Deadman's Curve and Poppies
Deadman’s Curve and Poppies
Poppies high on the canyon walls in Grapevine Canyon.
Poppies high on the canyon walls in Grapevine Canyon.