According to the Washington Post:
“This year, California’s wildflower ‘super bloom’ is so massive you can see it from space…”
Watch this slideshow and see it from up close as Adventure Motorcycle guide, Deon de Wet rides his BMW GS1200 through the Carrizo Plain National Monument, a favorite destination for the guided motorcycle tours we run out of Ojai, California.
About the Carrizo Plain:
“Three hundred years ago, California’s Central Valley was vast grassland where antelope and elk grazed and wildflowers swept the spring landscape. Today, amid urban and agriculture development, a remnant remains in the Carrizo Plain National Monument.
Carrizo Plain National Monument is one of the best kept secrets in California. Only a few hours from Los Angeles, the Carrizo Plain offers visitors a rare chance to be alone with nature. Some visitors say you can “hear the silence.” The plain is home to diverse communities of wildlife and plant species including several listed as threatened or endangered and is an area culturally important to Native Americans.
This remote monument, traversed by the San Andreas Fault which has carved valleys, created and moved mountains, and yet up close, is seen in subtle alignment of ridges, ravines and normally dry ponds. Prominent features on the monument include the white alkali flats of Soda Lake, Painted Rock, vast open grasslands, and a broad plain rimmed by mountains. When conditions are right, numerous wildflowers can carpet the valley floor; although short lived it can be breathtaking.”
As part of our commitment to wildlife and ecological conservation in the areas that we visit, The Ojai Motorcycle Club donates a portion of the proceeds of each of our tours that pass through the National Monument to Friends of the Carrizo Plain and highlight their cause in our marketing and PR.
The Carrizo Plain National Monument is jointly managed by The Nature Conservancy, California Department of Fish and Game, and The Bureau of Land Management.
The Friends of the Carrizo Plain organization exists as a separate and focused non-profit that supports the three organizations in the Education, Interpretation, and Conservation of the unique objects and resources of the Carrizo Plain National Monument.