Sunday, June 2, 2013
Quincy to Grass Valley, Pert 2
I'm back. It's Monday evening, and I took that trip to Butterfly Valley yesterday. Saw some great stuff, including that great blooming of Bear Grass, but first I have to finish telling you about the Grass Valley trip.
When we descended on the South end of Gold Lake Road and got onto Highway 49, our first stop was a the big spring whose name I've forgotten. I think it's named after an Italian settler in Sierra Valley, but will look that up later. It was a wide and lush wet zone with lots of ferns and mosses, and what caught my eye first was a lone Crimson Columbine, Aquilegia formosa. The top photo shows more or less what it looked like from my driver's seat as I approached in the car. The next photo was taken by my son Greg and it shows the lengths I go to to get a good shot. I hope I didn't cause too much erosion. If you click on this one you'll get a closer view in which you might be able to see the actual flower.