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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    


June 17, 2014 (part 2)

Here are more photos from Joe Willis - and the second part of his report:

The daisy with a Checkered Clerid Beetle was in my front yard.

The 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 nurseries.



The Red Larkspur was near Oakland Camp, but it's all around the area in shady places.

The Stickseed (relative of Forget-me-nots) and Aquatic Buttercups were growing in a ditch on the FRC campus.





The Chicory is everywhere at roadsides.


The Stream Orchid was near the Junction of Highway 70 and the eastern end of Chandler Road.



The Monarch Butterfly on Showy Milkweed was about a half mile north of Oakland Camp on the old dirt road to Gilson Creek.

I found lots of new flowers (for this season) this afternoon and will send more photos tomorrow morning.


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 blog.)

Today 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.

Hooker's Evening Primrose Leopard Lillly Mullein
Red Clover w/Crab Spider Thimbleberry Yellow Salisfy


May 20, 2014

Today we have some great photos and a report from Mike Nellor. He's been out and about again at his favorite morning hike - Rock Creek - off Bucks Lake Road just west of Quincy.

He 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

We received some stunning shots today from Richard McCutcheon. Richard loves to ride the backcountry out of Taylorsville in Indian Valley.


Richard 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 to Engelmine.

These photos were taken near Freds Creek.


May 5, 2014

Happy Cinco de Mayo! A big thanks to Mike Nellor for sharing this report and photos from this past weekend:

Our 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 creek.





Indian rhubarb showing beautiful clumps of flowers! Just another beautiful day in the Sierra.









May 2, 2014

Karen 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. Karen Kleven sent another shot of lilacs, and this message:

Lilacs 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.

And Joe Willis was out and about over the weekend. He sent these marvelous photos and report:

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.


Death Camas Scarlet Fritillary
Showy Phlox Checker Bloom
Red Larkspur Pine Violet
California Buttercup


The 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.



The 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.

Just as an example, we received this beautiful shot of lilacs blooming in Quincy on Thursday, the 24th from Karen Kleven. Karen reports she "has never seen the lilacs so beautiful in Quincy."

Then, just one day later, we received this shot of Gold Lake Road in the Lakes Basin Recreation Area from Steve Ross of the Plumas National Forest.

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

Happy Easter 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 getting exciting."

Balsamroot Dusky Horkelia
California Waterleaf Blue Eyed Mary
Red Larkspur Death Camas
Henderson's Shooting Star Stout Beaked Toothwort
Henbit Dead Nettle

April 19, 2014

Just had a note from one of our contributors, Karen Kleven. 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 happening soon!"

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.