Carrizo Plain - the apogee of spring
"The valley of the San Joaquin is the floweriest place of world I ever walked, one vast, level, even flower-bed, a sheet of flowers, a smooth sea, ruffled a little in the middle by the tree fringing of the river and of smaller cross-streams here and there, from the mountains." - John Muir
Today is the birthday of John Muir. Everywhere I’ve looked during this extraordinary flowery spring, I remember Muir’s words. The San Joaquin valley is no longer that “floweriest place” but, just to the west of the San Joaquin, there is another valley which, in a good year, is deserving of the title: the Carrizo Plain. Shown here are some of the images from my visit there earlier this month. Happy Birthday Mr. Muir!
“Well may the sun feed them with his richest light, for these shining sunlets are his very children -- rays of his ray, beams of his beam! One would fancy that these California days receive more gold from the ground than they give to it. The earth has indeed become a sky; and the two cloudless skies, raying toward each other flower-beams and sunbeams, are fused and congolded into one glowing heaven."
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