Monday, March 23, 2015

on the plain


 in the california valley we camped



 we watched a loggerhead shrike on it's nest


 and took a nine mile hike



 found many different wildflowers (parry's larkspur, purple owl's clover)

snake's - head sunflower

and found ancient native american rock art


 we found also a herd of tule elk!


 they ran up a ridge to keep watch on us


 devil's lettuce and not sure which butterfly (not a monarch)


 we camped on the plain


 and knit


 and then the most amazing thing happened. we had surprise visitors.


 a herd of pronghorn antelope saw us, and slowly, curiously, tentatively


made their way across the plain to us.


 sitting still keeping quiet, the pronghorn came nearly to our tent. i wished i could go to the truck for another lens, but when we had realized they were moving towards us, we both stayed put (or they would have run). an incredible amazing moment. the following photos are from a previous trip to the carrizo...


pronghorn antelope on the carrizo plain


 snake's - head sunflower



 purple owl's clover, snake's - head


leaving the carrizo plain national monument, always with a wistful feeling, but hopeful too for the next visit, we'll be back! thank you for coming along! xxx lori

40 comments:

  1. Beautiful! Breathtaking an so exciting with all the animals!

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  2. Beautiful photos Lori! What a lovely place to get away from it all and to enjoy nature. Thanks for sharing. :)
    Jess x

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  3. In love with every photo and description . So different from the cold weekend we had but of course Lili and Lachy warmed me up. As I was getting ready to take them home we were on the porch and a brief blizzard started . Lili turned to me and said are we going to have second christmas instead of Easter.

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  4. Beautiful as always Lori- hope you are well.
    xo

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  5. that is so cool! what a beautiful place

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  6. Out-of-this-world beautiful. Thank you for sharing. xo

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  7. Wow . Breathtaking pictures.
    What an experience Lori. What are you knitting right now ? 🌿

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  8. So breathtaking comes to mind…and a breath of fresh air and warmth.
    Love your photos.

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  9. Thank you so much for sharing! I have a soft spot for wildflowers, mountains and knitting outside... Your post has everything!

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  10. Dear Lori, not for the first time I send you many thanks for showing me places and sights that I very much doubt i will see for myself. Visiting the Carrizo Plain through your magnificent photographs is a very fine gift!

    Just the scope of the place, and the sky and the hills and all the vista, and then...to have those graceful antelopes feel comfortable enough to truly come close for a visit. Well. Goodness, what an immense treat.

    Of course, I am already imagining how you and yours will be showing this beauty to a newcomer generation very soon. What a wonderful gift to pass along.

    xo

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  11. Amazing seeing those flowers with all the drought in CA, lucky you. And those deer!! Wonderful.

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  12. What Frances said, I say too :-)

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  13. Wow Lori what a beautiful landscape and place to pitch tent- all those animals - so different to the ones here in Aus! We have kangaroos visit us on our plains, emus, wombats, snakes, koalas that sound like banshees in the night!! Your plains remind me of the Flinders Ranges in South Australia - beautiful soft colours, so much space.

    It's lovely to see what you see. That's what I love about blogging. xxxxxx

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  14. so glad to find one of those camping-trip-images by you
    i so enjoy these, so, thank you!
    my favorite this time is the one of you in front of the tent
    xx

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  15. it looks ridiculously beautiful! the stars must have been so close at night...pure tonic for the soul. wow. love from l'afrique x j

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  16. Another heaven on earth. Is it you who seeks them out, or do they find you?

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  17. so lovely to see Lori pictures again! Have fun

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  18. Ooohing & Aaahing over your photos again!! you guys have the best of times!!

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  19. Such breathtaking post today. Have to go there for my next camp out.

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  20. I adore your photos. And what an amazing experience with the antelope!

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  21. Oh I would love to have a camping trip just like that!

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  22. I love the post, the photos and the calm and quietness they convey. A lovely start to my Friday here in Sweden!

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  23. Wow how truly beautiful! What a great place to be able to camp like that with noone else around!! How big is this National Park? Are there other campers in the vicinity? Just gorgeous, Every.Single.Photo. xx

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  24. I'm so glad you're still posting so I can come here to lift my spirits and live vicariously through you. I was hoping your surprise visit would have been another white owl. But Pronghorns are no small deal!!
    Thanks once again for taking us all along on your journey. I hope you're well.

    xoxo
    Lo

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  25. Just catching up here, Lori....what a beautiful place..........and I loved seeing the wild flowers and the pronghorns!
    Happy to see you here!
    Helen xox

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  26. What you're saying is completely true. I know that everybody must say the same thing, but I just think that you put it in a way that everyone can understand. I'm sure you'll reach so many people with what you've got to say.

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  27. Hoje é o dia mundial da fotografia.
    E aqui estou para comemorar te parabenizando por estas belas imagens.
    Um abraço.

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xoxo lori