Soberanes Point as drawn by Rosa Laura Soberanes about 1888. Rosa was one of the twelve Soberanes children who grew up on the ranch that now comprises much of Garrapata State Park.
With Garrapata State Park on the closure list, we thought we’d post some photos of the wildflowers in the popular Soberanes Creek/Rocky Ridge portion of the park. We didn’t take these today (most of them were taken last Spring), but a lot of the same things – and a lot of things not pictured here – are currently in bloom.
A profusion of flowers along the trail. The yellow flowers on the left are California Poppies (Eschscholzia californica), in the center are purple Lewis’ Clarkia (Clarkia Lewisii) – a gorgeous flower that, like so many of us, is rarely seen outside Monterey County – together with white Stinging Phacelia (Phacelia malvifolia), and yellow Lizard Tail (Eriophyllum staechadifolium) on the right.
Cream Cups (Platystemon californicus) in the grass.
Field chickweed (Cerastium arvense)
Common Madia (Madia elegans)
On Rocky Ridge
A white version of Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum) … White-Eyed Grass?
California Poppies on a rocky outcrop.
Elegant Clarkia (Clarkia unguiculata) with a backdrop of Deerweed (Lotus scoparius) and Sticky Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus).
Slim Soloman (Smilacina stellata) along the creek.
Fat (or False) Soloman (Smilacina racemosa) nearby.
Lizard Tail turns the coastal terraces yellow.
Descending the Rocky Ridge Trail.