More of the colorful and scenic wildflowers on this desolate drive.
I found these growing alongside the mountain road. Even though the road was quite curvy, there were so few cars, I could safely get out of the car and take my time with the photos.
What a drive we took from Death Valley over the mountains to Big Pine in California. Not a direct path, as there are no roads “as the crow flies”. A very circuitous route: northeast, north, west, then southwest. Over 3 mountain passes that were higher than one mile in elevation. We saw so many wildflowers on this drive, I was amazed. It is a function of sun exposure, moisture, elevation and just plain luck. Try as one may to plan ahead, I have learned that wildflowers will bloom in a certain order, but the date is entirely dependent on the weather.
I do not know the names of all of the flowers, but I do recognize some. The white flower here is a thistle, as I know those leaves. Such a pretty flower on such an obnoxious plant. Sorry to be so judgmental!
These blue flowers are lupines. They will bloom all summer in various colors, at home, but this must be a wild, mountain cultivar.