Following the Spring Bloom

By David Cobb

I’m a flower person, I love photographing them and I love photographing landscapes with spectacular blooms. As I followed the rainfall levels in southern California this year, I thought there might be a great wildflower bloom. I kept track of the spring desert bloom on a web site I’ve been using for a few years:, so I could pinpoint exactly where the best blooms were located.  Last week off I went to the Carrizo Mountains and Bitter Water Road in the Lost Hills to get these images:

I planned on visiting Joshua Tree National Park too, but I knew the bloom was poor due to a late spring. Still I wanted some images of the trees and according to the web site, I knew they were in bloom at the northern end of the park.

Then I went to the Anza Borrego Desert, because the wildflower site listed above ranked the bloom as a 7 on a scale of 10.

For photographing flowers in the Pacific Northwest, I use the books Oregon’s Best Wildflower Hikes: Northwest Region by George Wuerthner and Oregon’s Best Wildflower Hikes: Southwest Region, by Elizabeth L. Horn. There are some good web sites too for flower identification and peak flower blooms, my favorite for the Pacific Northwest being and for Oregon in particular I use

We’re just a few weeks away from a flower bloom like this in the Columbia River Gorge, and this year the expectation is for the bloom to be early. I just scouted the area on April 4, and I give it about two weeks until peak.

In addition to workshops in the Columbia River Gorge, I also do one-on-one training in the area. Anyone interested is welcome to contact me about rates and dates.


~ by photocascadia on April 5, 2010.

3 Responses to “Following the Spring Bloom”

  1. I cannot see many of these photos! Can you re-post, please?

  2. Dave,
    Thanks so much for the book recommendations. I have one of them and like it a lot but the others look good too.

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