Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve
May 28, 2016
|While we were on vacation visiting my parents, my sister, T, and
I went on a short hike at the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve in
my old neck of the woods. This is a gorgeous hike in the spring!
The diverse pebble plain habitat at the Baldwin Lake Ecological
Preserve supports many rare and endemic plant species. Some
pebble plain species are tiny, and best appreciated close-up while
lying flat on your belly, thus they're called "belly flowers." The
diversity of pebble plains is comparable to coral reefs, with as
many as 20 species in a square meter!
|After hiking we drove to Hanna Flat Campground where we had to get
T's photo on the rock that just keeps on getting smaller every year ;)
|Ash gray paintbrush, above and below
|Kennedy Mountains Southern Buckwheat
|Grape soda lupine - possibly the best smelling
flower on the planet!
|We took a break in the shade of a Pinyon Pine and ate
banana-nut muffins, made by Uncle Joe. Yum!
|Desert Mallow, above
California Poppy, below