I know … I promised yet even MORE road pics, and I have a bunch … Rocky Creek, Alder Creek, Pitkins Curve, Rain Rocks … there is so much going on, it is hard to know where to start, but I decided I need a break from them, so today, it is wildflowers. All of these were taken yesterday.

Aquilegia formosa - Western Columbine

Pacific Valley Center

Lupinus bicolor

Sticky Monkey Flower - Mimulus aurantiacus

Blow-wives (Achyrachaena mollis)

Thanks Tzila for sending me the name of this one!
Indian Paintbrush - Castilleja

Common Vetch - Vicia

Calochortus albus - Fairy Lantern

And on another note, I don’t know how many of you read the article in the Herald about the French tourists who got lost on the South Coast Ridge Rd. and had to be rescued. They did not speak or read English and got to the closure and turned around, headed up Nacimiento-Fergusson, but then turned right on South Coast Ridge Rd. and drove out a couple hours. I can only imagine what that was like for them.

Today, I had my own version. I left the gate open last night – just being lazy. Today this SUV went whizzing by my place. I knew the back gate would stop him, but I didn’t want him doing anything stupid – like busting through, so I gave chase. I caught him just after he’d turned around. He was a young man, by himself, who spoke little English. He was French. His GPS sent him up Plaskett.

I got him to come back to my place so I could show him a map and draw him one on how to get back, down, over, and headed toward LA again. He was funny. Said he “liked new things” – adventure, said I. And so, he took my photo standing in front of the incredible view in my Jade Festival T-shirt with ranch hat on. What an adventure he had!

10 thoughts on “Wildflowers

  1. I love these photos so much. After an alien wet and humid summer we have moved into an early winter so sharing your spring flowers brings me great joy. This must be a new lens. They are much closer shots than last year.

  2. Sorry to hear about the French tourists ordeal. Hard to travel in a foreign country. Thankfully you were able to help the next French tourist avoid the same thing. Keeper of the mountain, I like that.

  3. What a great 10 minutes of armchair voyaging. Thanks so much for all the beauty. As to the tourists in both cases, I’ve never gotten lost without getting a great deal out of it. And the wrong way French guy, think of the stories you gave to tell back home. Thrilled that you made his rescue such a treat, so lovely to read, bravo Kate!

  4. Love the blow wivves,kate. I have never seen them before. If I have, I have not noticed.
    Ha! I’d be lost for sure without a map…. Chuckling.

  5. I can’t wait til your Frenchman gets home, googles “Big Sur”, finds bigsurkate’s blog and posts that photo of you…
    I wonder if that carload of lost French tourists was the same one that stopped here at the school asking for directions to LA. Lisa tried to find me to use my rusty French to give directions over Nacimiento. She couldn’t find me but she somehow managed to explain how to find Nacimiento. If I had spoken to them I would have suggested returning to Monterey, then taking 68 to 101. I don’t tell anyone how to take the Nacimiento route without giving them a clear indication of the hazards and difficulty of that route.

  6. I have printed directions for NF Road at both the River Inn Store and at the Riverside Campground and give detailed info and more people, than not, pick for going on the journey. I like how all of us in Big Sur are accommodating our lost tourists.

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