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Shell Creek Road meadows, California

Shell Creek Road meadows, California
Shell Creek Road meadows / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

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The diverse and beautiful Shell Creek Road meadows can serve as a teaching ground for learning the Californian wildflowers…

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GPS coordinates
35.46434 N 120.33701 W
Location, address
North America, United States, California, San Luis Obispo County, 130 km north-west from Santa Barbara, north from Carrisa highway 58, both sides from Shell Creek Road
Dominating species:
Goldfields (Lasthenia sp.), coastal tidy tip (Layia platyglossa), baby blue eyes (Nemophila menziesii), California poppy (Eschscholzia californica) and others

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Shell Creek Road meadows
Shell Creek Road meadows. / Mikaku, Flickr / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

This area is not a part of the barren arid grassland of nearby Carrizo Plain or lush forest of Los Padres National Forest. Undulating hills with occasional groups of trees and gallery forest along Shell Creek form a lively landscape. Further, towards the north, the valley becomes arider and devoid of trees – but still is rich with spring wildflowers.

In spring, in late February – April Shell Creek Road becomes an important destination for wildflower enthusiasts and especially – for photographers. The diverse scenery and the diversity of plants provide plenty of excellent views.

Northern part of Shell Creek Road meadows, California
Northern part of Shell Creek Road meadows / , Flickr / CC BY 2.0

Floral display for the most time is excellent, although there are less impressive years such as 2009. But even in 2009 Shell Creek still was well worth coming.

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These meadows are included in the following list:
Top 10 locations of California poppy meadows and fields
Top 10 locations of California poppy meadows and fields

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