I took the Hwy 166 exit toward my side of the California Coast heading toward my first stop of the day, Wind Wolves Preserve. I was there the same weekend last year at the end of the peak bloom, this year I think the peak has yet to come. I packed up my gear and headed up the trail, it was a fun morning of shooting and a good test to make it up the trail to the top of the back country trail head, and a much easier walk back down the bike road two miles to the parking lot.
I found several things to shoot, but also a lot of grasses and a few flowers missing that I had hoped to find.
Mid afternoon I headed down the road, stopping for a quick look at the Carrizo Plains, I think this will a much better year there than last, although still early.
I was in a hurry to my last stop of Cottonwood Canyon and hoping to get there with some daylight left. The rocky river bed was green with just a few flowers showing, I am hoping that a week or two will bring a better bloom of flowers, but this may just be the year of grass. As I was leaving, I saw the last light on the hill be hind the oak tree above. The golden hill was a delight and not mustard! I stayed as the sun dropped in to the coastal fog and headed home.