Carrizo Plain Wildflowers
|In wet years, surface alkaline is flushed into Soda Lake.
|The extensive Carrizo Plain watershed drains into 50-mile long Soda Lake.
|Alkaline crusts stand out in stark relief against the Plain's early spring landscape.
|Patches of wildflowers edge Soda Lake near the Visitor's Overlook.
|This stream meanders a few miles through California Valley before disappearing underground.
|In search of wildflowers, we crossed the valley heading towards Wallace Creek.
|Along the way we saw more alkaline-lined streambeds.
|In such a harsh landscape, it's hard to imagine how wildlife can exist here.
|About half way across the valley, we found large areas carpeted with wildflowers.
|There are no trails, no fences in this area.
|We had this entire landscape to ourselves.
San Andreas Faultline is at the base of the
Tremblor Mountain Range seen in the distance.
|The San Andreas stretches the entire length of California Valley.
|Dirt roads throughout the Carrizo Plain are impassible in wet weather.
|Section of scarp along the San Andreas Earthquake Fault.
Creek shifted several hundred yards north due to
earthquake activity along the San Andreas Fault.
|View from Wallace Creek towards Soda Lake.
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