Photo album: the Carrizo Plain in full bloom
There are many more visitors than usual these days at the Carrizo Plain National Monument in eastern San Luis Obispo County. On Saturday afternoon, March 30, a steady stream of cars headed down the area's bumpy, lumpy dirt roads to check out the visitor's center and drive the length of Soda Lake, the "largest remaining natural alkali wetland in southern California,"according to the Bureau of Land Management.
But there's room for everyone on this unique expanse of windswept plain, currently blooming in vivid, riotous yellow, orange and blue wildflowers. If you've had the chance to visit the Carrizo Plain during this super bloom season and would like to share a picture or two, please email to email@example.com and we'll add it to this slideshow.
Listener Melissa Smith sent in two photos, saying she and her group camped on the Carrizo Plain from March 29 through the 31.
"Super crowded but I am delighted that so many others have a shared appreciation for nature," Smith said.
"We didn't feel it was crowded," said Loic and Heloisa from Newbury Park in Ventura County. "This is a big place and far enough away from big cities that there is plenty of space to get connected to the nature."