Twenty miles north and east of my home, in Del Norte County, California, sits Stoney Creek Trail. There’s a very high level of precipitation and a unique serpentine geology in this area, which fosters an environment for many rare, endangered and unique plant species. In Crescent City, where I live, there’s generally a precipitation level of about 70″ per year, and Gasquet, home of Stoney Creek Trail, receives over 100 inches of rain per year.
It had just rained hard – for days – before I went to Stoney Creek, and I, determined to go whether it was raining or not. The window of opportunity to see some of the rare, unique and endangered flora is small. I wished I had been there two weeks earlier… However, as I entered the trail, I became immediately enchanted, and this is what I saw, once I had entered the trail head.
This was the first time I’d ever seen the exquisite orchid, California Lady’s Slipper. There were several areas along the trail where this plant is growing.
I hope you enjoyed a few of the photos I took along the trail. I’ll have more to come. I’ve learned, today, of yet another trail, which contains over 14 rare and endangered plants. I look forward to sharing this with you in the not too distant future. Stay close to the natural world, it’s good for you!