This May my best buddy and I went on a road trip from Sacramento, California all the way up to Vancouver, B.C. We explored the forests of massive redwoods in Northern California, and stayed in the quaint coastal town of Crescent City. Along the way, I took pictures with my camera of the flowers we saw–and they turned out better than I expected. Here are some of my favorites:
This was taken along a busy highway that bordered a beautiful beach on the way to Crescent City. The beach was quite different than the warmer beaches of South and Central California, with grayer sand and ivy-like flowers snaking along a hill above the main beach.
This was taken at the Klamath River Overlook at the very tip of California’s coast. If you ever get a chance to visit the California’s northwest coast, this spot is a must. No picture can do it justice. These flowers were growing in the air, and I loved the background of a deep and vast ocean and large green mountains. During May you can often spot whales migrating in these waters.
A very interesting flower growing on the grounds of the Battery Point Lighthouse in Crescent City. During high tide, the grounds become an island. What a special place that lighthouse is, one of the first eight lighthouses built on the West Coast of the United States. Amazingly, built in the early 1850s, it is still in use today by volunteers who take turns living at the lighthouse for a few months at a time. Another must visit on the CA northern coast, both for its history and the beauty of the nature around it.
This too was taken at Battery Point. The purple in the background are flowers that completely covered a hill on one side of the island. The lone yellow flower stood out in contrast, and made for a great shot (at least in my opinion).
Another Battery Point picture–as you can probably guess, this place was one of my favorites. The plant pictured here is called iceplant, and it is very common along the central and norther coasts of California. Technically a weed, it is found growing everywhere in this region. These plants are very succulent, and are great at absorbing water from the ground. A fun way to see this in action is to rip off a piece and hold it on your tongue. Take it off after a few seconds, and the area it touched your tongue will be completely dry. Pretty cool!
This picture was taken along a trail in the Jedediah Smith Redwood State Park (where the Ewoks from Star Wars called home in the movies). I caught a bee pigging out in the center of the flower–luckily he was too busy to notice me sneak a picture!
Needless to say, the Northern California Coast is a beautiful and unique place. The next time you are visiting California, don’t forget the beautiful redwood forests and beaches to the north! It’s a can’t miss for nature lovers.