Category: spring

Half a year away

Spring wildflowers in the west are now blooming further north and at higher in elevation as spring progresses. Here the Milky Way looms above the 9,000 foot peaks of the Granite Range in far northwest Nevada. Arrow-leaf Balsamroot blooming in the foreground were buffeted by winds during this long exposure to create an impressionist look. The Nobles route of the California National Historic Trail passes along the base of the mountains after crossing one of the harshest parts of the journey west through the Black Rock Desert. Photo by Bob Wick, Bureau of Land Management.

Little flashes of colour


Spring star


Long winding road

All are different

Tulips of fire

Coastal lupine flowers dance in the wind as the fog clears from the coastline at Point Reyes National Seashore in California. About an hour drive from San Francisco, the park offers stunning views of the ocean and over 150 miles of trails to explore. Stop in at the visitor center and see the exhibits about the historic lighthouse or collect more information on the whales, seals, sea lions and wildflowers, all part of what makes this national seashore a treasure. Pic by Lauren Buchholz (