Hello everyone, I survived a brief visit to Antioch, CA! (I also survived a thunder & lightning storm while hiking. I thought it didn’t rain in California?!?) I am pleased to report that I encountered two lilies, C. venustus and C. albus, at Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve. I had originally planned to go to Pinnacles National Park, but when I heard back from a naturalist from Black Diamond Mines with specific instructions where to find C. venustus and that it was the best bloom in years, I changed my plans at the last minute.
Calochortus venustus – Butterfly Mariposa Lily, 05 May 2016. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Manhattan Canyon Trail. My favorite lily I have seen so far!
Calochortus albus – White Fairy Lantern, 05 May 2016. Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve, Chaparral Loop Trail.