A multitude of wildflowers in early April start to bloom at Table Mountain. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

With it being such a cold, wet spring, the flowers at Table Mountain were far from their peak on the first Friday of April.

The good thing about this is that we were also able to see plenty of water flowing from the falls.

Douglas violets stand out in the wild green grasses at Table Mountain. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

In other words, we were on sensory overload (almost) with this becoming a waterfall and wildflower hike. With how the clouds appeared in layers, some eclipsing the sun, it made for interesting shadows and an added depth to the natural landscape.

North Table Mountain Ecological Reserve in Oroville is 3,315 acres of land that the state has owned since October 1993.

Blue dicks sprout from a field of goldfields. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

It might be another week or so before the flowers will be the most robust. Poppies were just popping, with most of them closed up when we were there because of the cool temperatures. The few lupine that were out were not very tall.

Red larkspur hug a wall of rock. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

This will all change as more normal spring temperatures persist and the rains go away.

Goldfields create a carpet throughout much of the terrain. Against the volcanic rock that is everywhere, the contrast of light and dark is stunning.

It’s as though the flowers at Table Mountain touch the horizon. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

The California Native Plant Society says Table Mountain is the best place to see sky lupines, purple owl’s clover and the rare, endemic yellow-flowered Jokerst’s clover.

Some of the other flowers at this preserve include: birds-eye gilia, frying pans (a type of poppy), white nemophila, yellow monkeyflowers, blue dicks, Sierra mock stonecrop, white meadowfoam, paintbrushes, bitterroot, and redmaids.

Mother Nature creates a bouquet of flowers. (Image: Kathryn Reed)

Remember, don’t pick a bouquet of wildflowers unless they are growing in your yard. Yes, some people actually need to be told this.

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