Author Archives: Charlie

Charlie Russell loves to hike in California, and take wildflower pictures! He is a Certified California Naturalist, and volunteers as a docent at the Yolo Basin Foundation and the Jepson Prairie Preserve

Black Diamond Mines Wildflowers

The Black Diamond Mines Regional Preserve has been on my hiking “wish list” for a long time, and with all the warm weather in February 2020 we finally had an opportunity to hike there. It […]

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Omega Diggings Overlook Wildflowers

Every once in awhile you find a little gem, an easy place to find a few beautiful wildflowers without a lot of effort. One such place is the Omega Diggings Overlook, a rest stop on […]

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Kangaroo Lake Botanical Special Interest Area

The Kangaroo Lake Botanical Special Interest Area has an amazing variety of wildflowers, and you’ll find them starting right at the trailhead. On this visit we found 57 different species of native wildflower, including 7 California […]

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Oyster Creek Wildflowers

Oyster Creek is a short and easy trail in El Dorado County, where you can find a good display of wildflowers. If you aren’t ready for the rigors of the more energetic hikes in the […]

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Golden Monkeys of Rwanda

The Golden Monkeys are a beautiful, but endangered, species of old world monkey found in the Virunga volcanic mountains of Central Africa. My wife and I were able to visit them as a part of […]

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Ol Pejeta Conservancy Wildlife

The Ol Pejeta Conservancy is one of the best places in Kenya to see Rhinoceros in the wild, along with a wide array of other African mammals. It is also a great place for birds! […]

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Maasai Mara 2019

The Maasai Mara region of Kenya is an amazing place to visit to see wildlife. It is located in the southwestern portion of Kenya, along the border with Tanzania. Here’s a selection of wildlife photographs […]

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Late Season Carson Pass Wildflowers

Carson Pass is my favorite wildflower hot spot, with so many wonderful trails and a very long wildflower season. This time we went on a late-season hike, the end of August, and even this late we found […]

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Mountain Gorillas of Rwanda

I had the opportunity to visit the endangered Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda this summer, and I’d like to share my experience with you. Yes, this post is a departure from my normal wildflower hike topic, but […]

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Trione-Annadel State Park – Lawndale Trail Wildflowers

Trione-Annadel State Park has a great variety of hiking trails, and a wonderfully long wildflower season. On this visit we hiked the Lawndale trail, in late June. This trail is on the southern end of […]

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