Springtime romps in the foothills and mountains around Kern County, California are usually colorful depending on the abundance of rain. Fields of fiddleneck can be quite common providing a visual treat. Usually, February through April are good months for wildflowers in the lower elevations. If rain is scarce and weather heats up, the bloom can be much shorter. In May 2014, we saw some 100 deg F weather. The flowers don't last long with those conditions.
Rancheria Road, Kern County, California 2010
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