Hiking Among the Wildflowers – California in Spring Time – Photo Essay

categories: Uncategorized

Spring is a wonderful time of year in California. After the winter rains, even what little we received this year, the hills turn green and the wildflowers come out. As spring turns to summer these hill will turn brown (or golden) and will occasionally catch fire as we won’t have any rain for months.
 Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California
 Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California
Many of the hills around the major cities are regional parks. These pictures were taken from
Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California.
Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California
The most common wildflower in this area is the California Golden Poppy. Don’t pick a bunch for your vase at home as picking wildflowers is not legal.
Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California

These hikers have found rest in a sprawling Live Oak tree. These trees can handle the dry summers in California and are what you see on most of the hills in the area.
Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California
Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California

After you hike at the Helen Putnam Regional Park, I recommend heading down the hill to Petaluma for lunch at the Petaluma Pie Company.
Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma, California

by Chris Christensen

Chris Christensen is the creator of the Amateur Traveler blog and podcast, and a co-host for This Week in Travel podcast.

Leave a Reply

Tags: ,