June 17, 2014 (part 2)
Here are more photos from
Joe Willis - and the second part of
daisy with a Checkered Clerid Beetle was in
my front yard.
love-in-the-Mist, AKA Devil-in-the-Bush, is
in several gardens in my neighborhood. A
native of Eurasia, it has become naturalized
all over the USA as well as cultivated in
Red Larkspur was near Oakland Camp, but it's
all around the area in shady places.
Stickseed (relative of Forget-me-nots) and
Aquatic Buttercups were growing in a ditch
on the FRC campus.
Chicory is everywhere at roadsides.
Stream Orchid was near the Junction of
Highway 70 and the eastern end of Chandler
Monarch Butterfly on Showy Milkweed was
about a half mile north of Oakland Camp on
the old dirt road to Gilson Creek.
lots of new flowers (for this season) this
afternoon and will send more photos tomorrow
June 17, 2014
Yes, wildflowers are still blooming all
around Plumas County! No, we didn't forget
to post photos - we just haven't had many to
post. That has all changed! Thanks to our
intrepid photographer and reporter,
Joe Willis. (There are lots
more photos and reports from Joe on his
Joe writes: Here's half a dozen wildflowers
blooming around the American Valley at this
time. Today some visitors showed me a fairly
well-hidden patch of Stream Orchids just
outside of Quincy.
For good wildflower viewing
walk around near any streams or drainage
ditches that haven't completely dried up.
The ones in this first batch were
photographed within a short walk of my house
near Boyle Ravine.
May 20, 2014
Today we have some great photos and a report
Mike Nellor. He's been out and about
again at his favorite morning hike - Rock
Creek - off Bucks Lake Road just west of
reported: It was a beautiful morning at Rock
Creek with Grady The Wonder Dog!
There is a lot happening: Penstemon,
larkspur, rhubarb, hawkweed and many more.
Native roses are getting ready to bloom as
well as azaleas.
Let's take a
walk along with Mike as he shows us the
wildflowers he found.
May 8, 2014
received some stunning shots today from
Richard McCutcheon. Richard loves to
ride the backcountry out of Taylorsville in
says the wild flowers are so pretty on the
way to Lucky S Mine.
For those of you who don't
know (like me) the Lucky S Mine is new Freds
Creek, off the head of North Arm on the way
photos were taken near Freds Creek.
May 5, 2014
Happy Cinco de Mayo! A big thanks to
Nellor for sharing this report and
photos from this past weekend:
trip to the confluence of Rock and Meadow
Valley Cr. via Deans Valley Rd.
Beautiful as usual with larkspur, fritillary
and phlox dotting the trail down to the
rhubarb showing beautiful clumps of flowers!
Just another beautiful day in the Sierra.
May 2, 2014
Kleven checked in again, and sent
along this photo.
She reports: Last Tuesday I
took a nice walk down the Cascade Trail
about six miles from Quincy. Still not too
many wild flowers but I saw a few dogwood
blooms and many more to come.
April 28, 2014
It seems our
"iffy" weather over the weekend didn't deter
our wildflower enthusiasts.
sent another shot of lilacs, and this
aren't wildflowers but they sure are lovely
this year in Quincy. This year their
blooming a few weeks early and so they may
be gone by Mother's Day.
Joe Willis was out and about over
the weekend. He sent these marvelous photos
All the flowers shown here
except for the Heart-leaf Milkweed were
photographed Friday and Saturday around
Oakland Camp, especially in the open fields
just east of Gilson Creek.
Milkweeds were photographed on the Caribou
Road about 5 miles off Highway 70 by the
North Fork of the Feather River. The
Milkweeds are abundant around Oakland Camp,
too, but they're not blooming there yet.
Arrowleaf Balsamroot is about the only one
most people will spot while driving. A walk
around the Oakland Camp area is highly
recommended. There's much to discover.
April 26, 2014
It's clear today
but we've been having some typical spring
weather throughout Plumas County.
as an example, we received this beautiful
shot of lilacs blooming in Quincy on
Thursday, the 24th from
Karen reports she "has never seen the
lilacs so beautiful in Quincy."
just one day later, we received this shot of
Gold Lake Road in the Lakes Basin Recreation
Area from Steve Ross of the Plumas
All we can say is bring on more snow and
rain. It will all help our beautiful
wildflowers in May and June.
April 20, 2014
everyone! Thanks to
Joe Willis, we have an Easter
bouquet for you today. Joe sent along these
beautiful shots and this message: "Here are
the showiest flowers I've seen these past
few days in and around American Valley. Some
past Oakland Camp and others on the Feather
River College campus. Spring is just now
Blue Eyed Mary
April 19, 2014
Just had a note from
one of our contributors,
She just drove down the Feather River Canyon
and reports "the redbud is in bloom,
wallflowers are starting, and even saw a few
monkey flowers and lupine. Should be really
April 18, 2014
checking in to the Bloom Blog. Today we have
a report from Mike Nellor, who along
with his wife, owns
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
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
April 16, 2014
Joe Willis checked in again, with
this message and more great photos, all
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
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
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
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.
sent this great photo of Indian Rhubarb in
bloom - and it features a Goldenrod Crab
Spider eating a hornet.
April 7, 2014
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
Now for a couple of reports.
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.
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
March 17, 2014
received our first report of the year from
Nellor and "Grady the Wonder Dog" this
morning. He called these his "spring
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.
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
As usual, please click on the
images to see them full-size.