This monument here is included due to impressive spring wildflower displays – there are few wildflower meadows in this part of California which can be compared to Dry Creek wildflower meadows regarding thew size and visual impressiveness.
Gravel mine turns into preserve
In 2004 California Portland Cement Company suspended mining of gravel in their Dry Creek mine located at the lower reaches of valley. The land of the former quarry was granted to Sequoia Riverlands Trust.
Unfortunately the mining operations did change the landscape. Old sycamores and oaks were felled, streambed of Dry Creek was changed. Restoration activities included re-establishment of natural stream patterns and vegetation. Diversity of the unique Californian nature is returning here. As the activities will bring more success, area will be opened for tourism.
Beautiful dream coming true
Part of this beauty is man-made – thorough work of nature conservation activists and landscape designers has turned the former industrial landscape into magnificent scenery. Here man has proved that he is venerable part of nature.
If the winter has been generous with the right amount of rain in right times – there can’t be more beautiful place to enjoy the spring than the valley of DXry Creek. Walk through the endless cover of diverse flowers and sparse growths of sycamores with bright orange and green hillsides in sight… this world can’t get more beautiful than this.
Dry Creek wildflower meadows are included in the following list:
- Beautiful gallery! Spring Wildflowers before the Storm, Creator’s Palette, accessed on February 27, 2010
- Dry Creek Preserve, Sequoia Riverlands Trust website, accessed on February 27, 2010
- Dry Creek Preserve, Visalia website, accessed on February 27, 2010
- Wildflowers, Visalia Times Delta, accessed on February 27, 2010
|Coordinates:||36.44217 N 119.02939 W|
|Address:||North America, United States, California, Tulare County, 4 km north-east from Lake Kaweah, valley of Dry Creek|
|Dominating species:||California sycamore (Platanus racemosa Nutt.), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica Cham.), baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii Hook. & Arn.), fiddlenecks (Amsinckia sp.) and others|
Although California is one of states in the United States of America, Americans often compare it to a separate country, e.g. “if California would be a country, it would have the eighth largest economy in the world”. We can go on with this comparison – California has more landmarks and attractions than many large countries of the world.
Biotope is rather small area with uniform environmental conditions and specific community of life. Wondermondo describes biotopes and ecosystems which have striking looks, look very beautiful or have other unusual characteristics.
A Sesquicentennial history 1852-2002.
A colorful history of Tulare County California.