Let's talk about one of my faaaavorite things: pretty pretty flowers. Earlier this spring, I paid a visit to Table Mountain, a site known for the wildflower blooms that erupt on its tabletop mesa each spring. Located just outside the town of Oroville in Northern California, a long walk through the park was my first adventure (and attempt at physical activity) following a tumble down a mountain in Colorado. My short-lived (but awesome) bright pink cast is visible in some of the photos below.
While it was a bit early in the season to see the full wildflower explosion, the place still put on quite a show.
Apparently Table Mountain (full name: North Table Mountain Ecological Preserve) was created by ancient lava flows. Winter rains form a rare type of vernal pool - which leads to some pretty incredible floral fields dotting most of the landscape (like the lupines above).
The preserve is also home to roaming herds of cattle. They all seemed pretty content and accustomed to the crowds of visitors; they were a little less excited, however, about their time in the photographic spotlight. Nevertheless, we ended up attempting to befriend more than one herd, and even got to see a few adorable baby cows.
Most of these photos were shot with a 1920/30s era camera, which yielded some pretty cool effects. Unable to move my elbow or my fingers - let alone hold any sort of camera and operate the shutter - I was relegated to an iPhone, which, to be honest, suited me juuuuust fine.
The excursion was a perfect day trip; with Table Mountain less than two hours from home, it was a nice getaway, without the need to stay overnight. Final thought? You can never, EVER go wrong with wildflowers.