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Hello, and welcome to the Plumas County "Bloom Blog" and waterfalls viewing page!
Our goal is to keep wildflower/waterfall enthusiasts informed about where specific wildflowers and waterfalls can be found throughout Plumas County. Please send us your own sightings and photos! And don't forget the species identification, if you know it!

Watercolor courtesy: Linda Blum    


April 18, 2014

Thanks for checking in to the Bloom Blog. Today we have a report from Mike Nellor, who along with his wife, owns Ada's Place in Quincy. He writes: "Our trip to Oakland Camp this AM. What a treat - it was warm and the goslings were out and about in American Valley.

Delphiniums and the river grasses, reed grasses, and one of my favorites - Indian rhubarb are all coming on nicely. A great time to be out and about this Easter Weekend." Here are some of Mike's photos. Oakland Camp is just outside Quincy, CA.


April 16, 2014

Joe Willis
checked in again, with this message and more great photos, all about violets:

One of the first wildflowers to bloom around American Valley was Shelton's Violet, Viola sheltonii. I saw my first ones on the Feather River College Nature Trail almost a month ago. They're still blooming there but are now coming up in many other locations, mostly under pine and oak trees.



The next violet I saw was the Goosefoot Violet, Viola pinetorum, which I saw just yesterday out past Oakland Camp. These will come up in drier soil with lots of sun exposure.




The least common yellow violet in this area, as far as I can tell, is the Douglas' Violet, Viola douglasii, which I also saw at Oakland Camp yesterday. Both of these last two are growing in an open area of young Ponderosa Pines about a mile past the camp. They are easiest to distinguish by looking at their leaves. Also, the Douglas Violet has lots of rusty red color on the backside of the petals.

Last, the Stream Violet, Viola glabella, seems to be the most dependent on surface water. The only place I've seen these around Quincy is in Boyle Ravine in the shade and very close to the creek. I've also seen them in similar habitats in Feather River Canyon. Enjoy these four species of yellow violets; they'll be around for a while. When we get closer to summer, they'll be joined by Western Dog Violet, one that's actually violet in color, and McCloskey's Violet, which is white. My favorite place to view these last two is Butterfly Valley Botanical Area.

As if this weren't enough info about violets, did you know that pansies are actually domesticated violets?

April 15, 2014

Today we want to give a big "Welcome Back" to Joe Willis, an avid photographer, blogger, and Feather River College instructor. Joe is also available to lead individuals and small groups on natural history hikes in the area.

Joe sent this great photo of Indian Rhubarb in bloom - and it features a Goldenrod Crab Spider eating a hornet.

April 7, 2014

Hello again everyone. We've had some unusual spring weather this year. Since we last posted, we had almost a week of storms; dropping anywhere from a few inches to a couple of feet of snow all around Plumas County. We're sooooo happy! More rain and snow means not only more wildflowers to enjoy, but more water in our lakes and streams for our summer visitors.

Now for a couple of reports. Mike Nellor checked in to send more notes and photos. Over the weekend, Mike hiked to a spot called Hungarian Mine - just off Bucks Lake Road west of Quincy. Mike says it's across the road from the equestrian center.

These are
gooseberries, wild current, and mushrooms.















Mike was in the Deans Valley area again on April 3 and sent these photos of Fawn Lillies and a fox on the run.



















March 17, 2014  
We received our first report of the year from Mike Nellor and "Grady the Wonder Dog" this morning. He called these his "spring bouquet."

These photos were taken at the confluence of Meadow Valley and Rock Creeks - off Dean's Valley Rd off Bucks Lake Rd, just west of Quincy.

Mike didn't include identification for any of these, so we're just going to enjoy them. If you have a guess or know what these are, please feel free to drop us a note at the link above.

As usual, please click on the images to see them full-size.