Carrizo Plain National Monument,
San Luis Obispo County,
By Edward Nuñez
Fremont, California, USA
The Carrizo Plain in the eastern San Joaquin Valley is
the largest single native grassland in California.
Stretching along the base of the Temblor Mountains
and the San Andreas Fault, its 250,000 acres provide
a wide range of habitats, making it ideal for the longterm
conservation of many endangered and rare flora
and fauna. The re-establishment of native plants is
studied and planned in this rural, isolated region to
save such species as the California jewelflower. The
Carrizo Plain was established as a national monument
“During a short time each spring, usually in March,
the hills of the Carrizo Plain are painted as if by the
strokes of an artist’s brush with a soft, pastel palette.
On my visit I was greeted by weather perfect for
photographing the stunning vista of yellow coreopsis,
orange San Joaquin blazing star, and purple phacelia
flowers in full bloom.” —EN
Nikon D700; 12-24mm lens at 18mm; circular polarizer
glass filter; 1/30 sec at ƒ/22; ISO 400; Feisol tripod; Acratech
V2 Ultimate ballhead.