Point Reyes, Be Sure to Wear Flowers in Your Hair

Point Reyes is an amazing place with its geological past and future, Tule Elk, endemic to California, nesting Sowy Plowers, and Elephant Seals. And yet, it still brings more with its wide variety of plants that bloom in all the colours of a rainbow all throughout the year.

I’ve photographed quite a few of these in the years I spent hiking in Point Reyes and would like to share a few of them with you today, in all their majestic beauty. I shall even try to correctly identify them. (Please don’t take these identifications at face value. I’m not that good with plants. There’s a non-negligible chance I might be wrong.)

I will keep trying to improve my identification skills and update this post if/as it needs be.

Montbretia

Observed: Jul 14, 2019 · 12:28 PM PDT
Location: Sky Trail (Lat: 38.027046 Lon: -122.826271)

Brass Buttons

Observed: Jul 13, 2019 · 4:01 PM PDT
Location: Abbotts Lagoon (Lat: 38.118782 Lon: -122.953308)

Pine

(Don’t know which species exactly)
Observed: Jul 14, 2019 · 12:29 PM PDT
Location: Sky Trail (Lat: 38.027046 Lon: -122.826271)

California Poppy

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 12:00 PM PDT

Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.236282 Lon: -122.990906)

Cobwebby Thistle

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 11:42 AM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.230461Lon: -122.986198)

Rabbitfoot Grass

Observed: Jul 13, 2019 · 4:01 PM PDT
Location Abbotts Lagoon (Lat: 38.118782 Lon: -122.953308)

Variable Linanthus

Observed: Jul 6, 2019 · 11:02 AM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.216686 Lon: -122.975685)

Coastal Bush Lupine

Observed: May 11, 2019 · 3:43 PM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.194775 Lon: -122.963013)

Tidy Tips

Observed: May 11, 2019 · 3:37 PM PDT
Location: Tomales Point Trail (Lat: 38.197056 Lon: -122.963539)

Forget-Me-Not

(Don’t know which species exactly.)
Observed: Apr 14, 2019 · 3:07 PM PDT
Location: Earthquake Trail (Lat: 38.041569 Lon: -122.797531)

No Idea.

Please help me identify this one. I know it’s not the best photo for identification but wanted to share anyway because I really like it. 🙂
Location: UC Berkeley Point Reyes Field Station Research Institute

Marigold

This is a guess. In fact, I have nearly no supporting evidence. Feel free to help me identify it in the comments 🙂
Observed: Apr 14, 2019 · 2:34 PM PDT
Location: Point Reyes Station (Lat: 38.068233 Lon: -122.804779)

A Random Day in the Life of Point Reyes | Video

I put this short video together while Point Reyes National Seashore is ravaged by the Woodward Fire. Let’s consider it a ind of a get-well-soon card to this place that have become my home.

I’ve spent what are now hundreds of hours volunteering as a trail patrol there, walking the very trails that are now covered in the ash of all the beautiful trees that offered me cover from rain and sun alike, and sung songs in the breeze coming from the ocean. My heart is heavy with sorrow; Woodward Valley Trail where this fire started was my very favourite trail and I’ve walked it more times than I can count.


If you can and want to donate to the Point Reyes Disaster Council, you can do so via the following post on Facebook.