'located in california's most secluded region, the carrizo plain national monument has remained relatively untouched by human development for well over three centuries. featuring over 250,000 acres of protected terrain, providing an array of rare plants and animals with miles of natural habitat and unspoiled environmental splendor.'
this refuge lies only ninety miles away from us, yet when we cross over into the carrizo there is a feeling of traveling hundreds of years back in time. the immaculate landscape comprised of (sometimes) blossoming flowers and awe-inspiring views, the migratory birds, and the wildlife, these are the things that draw us back again and again. this california 'serengeti' is the perfect place to 'hear the quiet'
eschscholzia californica ~ the lovely california poppy
yes! they were! they walked and ran in the exact direction of our truck, where we sat motionless except for the click of a camera.
they ran right to us before bolting off. i've never seen a herd before, and so close! and gorgeous, such beautiful eyes
a curious western kingbird
purl soho and ravelry here.
an undetermined bird of prey on a large tumble weed
us, giving thanks. thanking you too for coming along.
what we saw:
tiny amount goldfields, tidy tips, poppies, phacelia
silver bush lupine
san joaquin antelope squirrel
california ground squirrel
(we heard) coyotes