• Lewis Creek: The Wildflowers

    by  • June 1, 2011 • Field Trip, Sierra Foothills, Spring

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    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

    Sierra’s Call
    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…

     

    Hartweg's Iris, Iris hartwegii

    Hartweg’s Iris, Iris hartwegii

    Western brackenfern, Pteridium aquilinum

    Western brackenfern, Pteridium aquilinum

    Asarum hartwegii, Hartweg's Wild Ginger

    Asarum hartwegii, Hartweg’s Wild Ginger

    California Indian Pink, Silene californica

    California Indian Pink, Silene californica

    Checker Lily, Fritillaria affinis var. affinis

    Checker Lily, Fritillaria affinis var. affinis

    California Strawberry, Fragaria vesca

    California Strawberry, Fragaria vesca

    The trail closely follows the creek the whole way offering views like this through the trees.

    False Solomon's seal, Smilacina stellata

    False Solomon’s seal, Smilacina stellata

    Pacific bleeding heart, Dicentra formosa

    Pacific bleeding heart, Dicentra formosa

     

    Lewis Creek pond

    Lewis Creek pond

     

    Sticky Cinquefoil, Potentilla glandulosa

    Sticky Cinquefoil, Potentilla glandulosa

    Unknown..can someone ID this?

    Unknown..can someone ID this?

     

    Lewis Creek moss rock

    Lewis Creek moss rock

     

    Lewis Creek mossy stump

    Lewis Creek mossy stump

     

    Lewis Creek Trail heads under a tree

    Lewis Creek Trail heads under a tree

     

    Western Wallflower, Erysimum capitatum

    Western Wallflower, Erysimum capitatum

     

    Western Azalea, Rhododendron occidentale

    Western Azalea, Rhododendron occidentale

     

    Mossy pine and Pacific dogwood, Cornus nuttallii

    Mossy pine roots and Pacific dogwood, Cornus nuttallii

    This dogwood seems to form an airy halo around the sturdy roots of the pine.

    Part 1  Lewis Creek: Converging Ladybugs converge

    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

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    Sue Langley, a passionate gardener and photographer lives and gardens with her husband and Corgi, Maggie on 7 acres just south of Yosemite, Zone 7 at 3000 feet. She also manages the Flea Market Gardening Facebook page and website.