May Day Wildflowers

May Day (or Beltane) celebrations have traditionally included dancing around maypoles, weaving flower crowns, and other festivities to celebrate (and hope for) fecundity as the growing season approaches. It has also become an important holiday honoring our labor and working classes.

Recently I was happy to write an article on local wildflower hikes – this spectacular time of year passes so quickly, especially now, when climate change is extending severe drought and fire seasons. Some local parks (Foothill, Sugarloaf Ridge, and Pepperwood) partially burned in 2020’s devastating wildfire season, but nature is rebounding. We are fortunate in Sonoma County to have a number of open space preserves that are once again opening to the public, to allow anybody to share in nature’s phenomenal beauty.

Taylor Mountain Regional Park

Tidy tips
View north from Taylor Mountain

Foothill Regional Park

Foothill Regional Park
Shooting stars and buttercups
Rosy sand-crocus and wavy soap plant leaves

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Even the smallest (unidentified!) flowers are exquisitely intricate
Baby blue-eyes (my favorite!)
White baby blue-eyes invite pollinators with their markings

Pepperwood Preserve

Iris
California poppies and bird’s-eye gilia (another favorite, with blue pollen!)
Pepperwood view across buttercup fields

Sonoma Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve

Lupine and pink owl’s clover
Fields of lupine
Larkspur
Star tulip (another blue-pollen beauty!)

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2 Responses to May Day Wildflowers

  1. S. says:

    Lovely photos… thank you for sharing them. My day is officially brightened!

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