Sunday, March 21, 2010

Welcome Spring!


This weekend was simply wonderful. We didn't have any obligations so our time was pretty much our own. Friday afternoon I got the idea to go in search of wildflowers. We didn't find a patch as thick and stunning as last year, but we did find a beautiful park with camping and picnicing less than an hour's drive from our home. The place is called Wind Wolves Preserve and I was stunned to know that I had never heard of such a lovely and special place.

The Wildlands Conservancy purchased more than 93,000 acres to create the largest nonprofit preserve on the West Coast. The preserve is an ecologically unique region where the Transverse Ranges, Coast Ranges, Sierra Nevada, western Mojave Desert and San Joaquin Valley converge. Due to this singular geographic location and an elevation range from 640 to 6,005 feet, the preserve has an impressive array of landforms and habitats. The preserve is a critical landscape linkage and wildlife corridor between the Coast Ranges and Sierra Nevada.

So Saturday morning, we packed a picnic lunch and headed for the hills. We walked on trails, chased lizards, sniffed flowers and admired the views until we were all too tired to carry on. Sunday was also a nice day as we spent it around the house roller skating, playdoh shaping and family fun time. Next weekend is Spring Break and we will be hitting the road. Stay tuned!








12 comments:

Colleen said...

Gorgeous! Your pictures are so stunning! We too got out this week-end to hike one of our local preserves. Happy Spring!

Hannah said...

Seriously! Your pictures just take my breath away. They are so amazing. I love them.

aamayna said...

wowwow wow! I want to live where you live! Just stunning!

Kelly And Allison said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful..

McNew Family said...

Hi - just browsing around and found your blog! You have a lovely family! Love your photography!

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Wanda said...

Lori, hmmm.......somebody's been having fun in the edit room!! These shots are simly GORGEOUS! Wow, well done. (Lisa will be proud, as should you be too.)

The setting is just eye candy and your girls are delightful.

Have a great week!
Wanda

Leah and Maya said...

wow! really beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing, we arent' that warm and beautiful yet here but it was nice to have a feel of it thru yours.

Kayce said...

Stunning pictures! I can't wait to head down to Big Sur and enjoy my favorite time of year there!

Katrina said...

Amazing pictures. Master photographer! Beautiful girls!

Barbara said...

what beautiful pictures! sooo colorful!

Colleen said...

These pictures are so gorgeous!!!!!! Every single one of them!!! So vibrant!!!! I wish I was there in that beautiful meadow of flowers. Spring is coming very slow here...

Lori said...

Gorgeous pictures! I just stumbled across your blog and I am so glad I did. Your girls are beautiful and the photos are fabulous! I am a Lori Lynne too!