Spring is upon us! Although it feels like it had already started for me, in just a few weeks it will be officially Spring. And if you have not put wildflowers on the top of your Spring List, I suggest you put it now. California have been blessed with so much rain this winter that we are experiencing some Super Bloom. With that being said, after a while of hunting these beauties, I thought I share some of my tips on how you can perfectly hunt the wild flowers in Southern California.
- Research – With social media and these tool called Google, it has become easier to search what you are looking for. However, to chase wildflowers, sometimes, you won’t even need the maps. You can see them everywhere right now in California. But if you must, I say research Instagram and Google. I like to search by using Hashtag (i.e. #californiapoppies) Some people would even put the location there. I also do love to search Google by putting Wildflowers in Southern California Blogs and I can’t tell you how much results you will find!
- Where to find them – With my eyes for California Poppies, I noticed that these flowers mostly blooms in low elevation, typically Hills. You may find these California Poppies in these places: California Antelope Valley Poppy Reserve, Figueroa Mountain (Read Chasing Wild Flowers in California Central Coast post here), Lake Elsinore, San Diego, Murrieta, Carrizo National Monument, Anza Borrego, Death Valley National Park.
- Prepare to Hike – Avoid the crowd. If you are in for a real deal, real fields, you need to go on a hike. One of the places I know you can hike is in Figueroa Mountain. This mountain is painted gold during this time. The hike is about 9 miles but it’s totally worth it.
- Time It – So here’s the thing, chasing wild flowers, I learned that to there is really no exact date when to go see them. You just have to go out there and feel when they’re going to bloom. Obviously you have to go during the Spring Season. But once you start to see them bloom on the side of the road or even see the hills with that vibrant gold color, go and do your thing! The best way to do this is to just keep on hunting until you find the perfect time.
- Morning or Afternoon – One of the things I learned about chasing wildflowers, is that flowers do sleep. Yep, they have their bed time. So with that being said the best time to see them at their glorious aura is during the mid day when the sun is at its peak. Flowers do love them sunshine so they open up their petals as soon as that light is shining bright.
- Allergens – As beautiful as they are, their pollens could be really irritating. So drink lots of fluids and some anti-histamine. Just don’t forget to not take the ones that will make you drowsy.
- Watch out for bees – Yep. Do I really need to say more?
- Enjoy – Don’t just go to take photos. Enjoy and savor the moment. Stop and smell the flowers. Bring a basket and lay down some sheets and have a picnic. Don’t miss the moment. These babies are here for you to enjoy and for you to smell and for you to remember.
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