Magnolia Ranch

Spring is my favorite time of year to be in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada. The hills are green, the wildflowers are diverse and colorful, the weather is mild, the air in the woods is fresh, and every day is a good day for a hike. So last weekend I took myself to Magnolia Ranch, a BLM-managed open space along the South Fork American River east of Sacramento, just north of Coloma (where California’s gold rush began).

South Fork American River
The South Fork American River.

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Part of the Gerle Loop Trail.

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Oaks on the hillside.

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A big old oak near the top of a hill.

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A hilltop view looking southeast toward Lotus and Coloma. Early-spring popcorn flowers (Plagiobothrys, probably P. nothofulvus) in the foreground.

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About Tim Messick

Photographer, cartographer, and botanist/naturalist. Home is in Davis, California. Home-away-from-home is the eastern Sierra Nevada. Compiling a flora of the Bodie Hills.
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