Lewis Creek is about 7 miles south of Yosemite National Park, CA. The trail all along it with the flowers,waterfalls and natural beauty are a lovely alternative to visiting the Park if you have limited time, or if you want to avoid crowds, or if the roads are snowy in the Spring. I described the trail and the swarms of ladybugs in Part One.
Lewis Creek Trail Part Two: The Wildflowers
by Clifford Corlieu
Give me the mountains,
The glorious mountains,
Whose beauties all come from the snows,
Where nature’s hand blesses
The soul with caresses
Of free life and quiet repose…
The wildflowers of Lewis Creek
Walking the Lewis Creek Trail at the end of May is heaven for the wildflower lover. On my first visit, I didn’t know any of the true names and had only begun to be interested in natives in my own garden. Now as I look at these photos, I recognize a few, have looked up a few and enjoy seeing them all.
The trail is beautiful and mossy green, the walk is easy and about 3 miles round trip, the distance I used to walk every day when I lived in the suburbs. A cloudy-bright day in Spring, preferably after a rain, is the best time to go.
Two beautiful waterfalls are at either end of the trail, Corlieu Fall, named after a local rancher and poet, and Red Rock Fall upstream. In between, along this trail, are the flowers. Come see…
The trail closely follows the creek the whole way offering views like this through the trees.
This dogwood seems to form an airy halo around the sturdy roots of the pine.
The trail. And, I come upon swarms of ladybugs and find out all about them and their travels from here to the Central Valley and back