Original Publication DATE: 3/21/2010
The trail, known locally as Hell’s Half Acre, is one of the preeminent early spring wildflower destination in Northwest California. The main reason is its low elevation–generally below 1500 feet–but it also offers distinct alternations in slope and aspect. The trail moves from north-facing mixed evergreen forests with lush understory of shade-tolerant lilies to oak woodland-grasslands with proliferations of wildflower meadows on the south-facing hillsides. With this in mind, Allison and I paid a visit here on the spring equinox and what we found was beyond our expectations–spring is here and Hell’s Half Acre is showing in all its glory. All photos by Allison Poklemba (she would not let me have the camera on this day!).
DATE: 3/21/2010 5:18:55 PM
Nice pics! Also note the lacepod (Thysanocarpus curvipes) in the last photo. In my opinion, this is the most beautiful member of the Brassicaceae.
DATE: 3/22/2010 2:56:30 AM
DATE: 3/23/2010 8:02:44 PM
Michael: Love your photos. I’m a novice nature photographer. Would you share some details re: the camera settings, filters etc you used for any one of these shots? Keep up the good work. zach
AUTHOR: Michael Kauffmann
DATE: 3/24/2010 4:22:58 AM
Zach- My wife took all of the shots this day…if you right click the image and “save as” you can look at the properties of the picture and see the settings. We have no filter for our camera but shoot with a Canon Rebel xTi, which takes terrific pictures. Good luck and thanks for checking out the blog.
AUTHOR: Lauren Lester
DATE: 3/29/2010 3:46:30 PM
Allison thanks for sharing this site. I looked at them all!! I appreciate the passion you share with all these favorite places. Now I see what our paintings bring in common.
DATE: 10/19/2010 3:40:00 AM
I went up the south fork with my bride, now wife, forty two years ago. Brings back memories.