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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.
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the species identification, if you know it!
March 28, 2015
Today's report from Joe Willis gives a
summary of his recent findings are
Joe's report: "Here are a few photos
from the last few days of flowers
growing around Quincy. Mostly at the
college and nearby. Today I'm going to
the Oakland Camp area again and hiking
along the west side of Spanish Creek.
Will report later today on my findings.
The Dutchman's Pipevine shown here is
growing in a secret spot in downtown
March 24, 2015
We have a new report today from
Joe Willis. Very interesting
information, not only on wildflowers,
but on hiking trails around Quincy. Joe
What used to be called
the Keddie Cascades Trail, together with
the area's many deer paths, has
undergone a lot of revision recently,
and there are now signs and maps galore.
On Sunday, we began our hike at a trail
head by the bridge over Spanish Creek on
the Oakland Camp Road. It's across the
road from the popular swimming hole. We
started off on what is called the
Spanish Traverse. If we had stayed on
this trail, I think we would have come
out in the vicinity of the Keddie
Cascades. But, we opted to head further
up hill by taking what was called the
Spanish Ridge loop.
Altogether we hiked close to five miles
and found a surprising number of spring
wildflowers blooming. There's one purple
species I haven't yet identified, but it
looks like it might be a Penstemon. Some
of them were so fleshy and beautiful,
they looked like they could have come as
potted plants in a nursery, despite the
very dry soil, or even apparent lack of
soil. It's obvious the area has been
logged, probably several times, and much
of it has inadequate soil for growing
trees. This, Manzanita, Black Oak, Buck
Brush, and Silk Tassel Bush dominate the
drier hills. At the highest point on the
ridge trail there were abundant patches
of Death Camas ( a lily) and Shooting
Star. These areas were relatively flat
and had a fair amount of soil consisting
mostly of pine needles. We saw the early
leaves of lots of species that haven't
bloomed yet and thus promises an
interesting spring. Among those is the
Heart-leaf Milkweed pictured here. There
were also lots of Lupine, Horkelia,
Fennel, Pennyroyal, and various lilies.
March 23, 2015
Joe Willis sent us six more
photos from his trip to Table Mountain
last week. He sent this report with his
photos, and another promise of more to
come! Here's his report:
My first submissions from Table Mountain
were of the more plentiful wildflowers
that everyone who hikes there sees.
Today I'm sending photos of some that
many people never see. They are either
relatively uncommon or are good at
hiding in crevices and other shady
places. All but the Manroot can be found
as high as the Quincy elevation a month
or so later than at Table Mountain.
Some spring wildflowers are starting to
appear around Quincy, so I'll send some
photos I took yesterday around Oakland
Intrepid reporter and
Joe Willis really outdid himself
over the weekend. He and his son
ventured down to
Table Mountain, just outside
Oroville, and sent this report and
We drove down Feather
River Canyon early Saturday morning and
saw several species of wildflowers
blooming: Red Larkspur, Wall Flower,
Bush Monkeyflower, Redbud, and Waterfall
Buttercup. We didn't stop because we had
a long hike planned for Table Mountain.
It turned out to be a lot longer than we
planned because we got a bit lost.
Probably covered at least 15 miles.
The effects of drought years were
apparent, but even a below-average year
on Table Mountain is still spectacular.
The warm and partly cloudy day offered
perfect lighting for flower photography.
Here's a baker's dozen from our trip.
I'll send another 7 or 8 soon.
There were lots of people - some
arriving by tour bus! Seeing that was a
first for me! Lots of bicycles, cars,
and possible some walked from nearby
homes. Lots of dogs, kites, and portable
musical devices near the parking lot.
But after hiking just a short distance
we found more flowers than people and it
was quite pleasant. My memory card was
filled before the end of our hike so I
missed getting photos of some great
flowers like Fairy Lanterns, Tidy Tips,
and various species of Phacelia and
Some some fine waterfalls, too, but got
confused and never found our main
objective, Phantom Falls. We did find
another impressive waterfall that looked
like a slightly smaller version of
Phantom Falls, complete with a cave
behind the cascade and lots of Dippers
visiting. I'm going to try to figure out
where we went by studying Google Earth.
Then maybe I'll find out which waterfall
we visited. Remember, "not all who
wander are lost."
We're still enjoying our
spring weather here in Plumas County,
and the days have been perfect for short
trips to enjoy the wildflowers.
True to his word, Joe Willis did take a
jaunt around Quincy over the weekend,
and sent this report (and some good
advice) and photos:
We're happy to post more
Redbud photos from our newest "Bloom
Blogger" Dave Mckee. "These pictures
were taken this last Saturday near the
old 'Grandview' overlook in between
Scooters and Pulga on Highway 70 in the
Feather River Canyon."
March 5, 2015
We're back! It seems spring is here,
even though we're technically still in
winter. We received our first wildflower
report of the year from Joe Willis, avid
photographer, blogger, and Feather River
College instructor. He drove down the
beautiful Feather River Canyon over the
last week and submitted his photos. As
usual, his photography skills are
superb. Here's his report:
These were taken in
the lower canyon between Rock Creek
Powerhouse and Jarbo Gap on either
Friday Feb 13 or Friday Feb 27. Most of
these will eventually be blooming
further up Feather River Canyon and some
all the way into Quincy and above.