The Hills Are Alive

March 23, 2021
Hite’s Cove Trail to Lookout Rock
Total distance walked: 2 miles

Spring has sprung.  Brilliant wildflowers carpet the hillsides through Merced Canyon.  Our hope—my friend Cari and I—was to see the sumptuous display up close on a stroll along Hite’s Cove Trail. 

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God, the best cultivator of wildflower gardens blessed us abundantly that day.

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Enter the trail through a tunnel of trees.

The narrow path brought us alongside vibrant orange poppies, “a concentration of color,” says Yosemite Ranger Shelton Johnson. 

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Pops of purple from burgeoning blue dicks and beautiful baby blue eyes grew among the poppies. 

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Blue dick
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Poppies and baby blue eyes.

Embellishing the route were tiny white popcorn flowers and sticky fiesta flowers.  Deep blue lupine was just beginning to bloom.  Red maids, goldfields and owl’s clover were spread throughout. Dainty woodland stars and bold shooting stars were spotted here and there.

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Shooting stars

Sunshine unfurled the flowers and caused a drip of perspiration down my back. It warmed the earth secreting the sweet smells of spring. 

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 A thousand feet below, the “Wild and Scenic” South Fork River rumbled through the canyon.

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Below the trail: the river, goldfields and poppies.

The hills were alive!  Sharing this spectacular debut of wildflowers with my friend who enjoys the glory of nature, was a blessing.  It was a lovely day.

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“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.” — Luther Burbank

 

 

 

 

14 thoughts on “The Hills Are Alive

  1. Janet!! Your photos are amazing and your words add just the right embellishment
    to truly do the day justice! It was a glorious day. So grateful to have done it with you.

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  2. Oh, Janet, your hike brought back so many beautiful memories of your wonderful area. God’s spring is magnificent! That you for sharing with all of us.

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  3. I enjoyed the flowers!!! And the photo of Cari.

    I also liked your photo of you… On all your posts!

    Thanks!

    M

    On Fri, Mar 26, 2021, 6:40 AM Hiking Yosemite and Beyond wrote:

    > Janet posted: “March 23, 2021Hite’s Cove Trail to Lookout RockTotal > distance walked: 2 miles Spring has sprung. Brilliant wildflowers carpet > the hillsides through Merced Canyon. Our hope—my friend Cari and I—was > to see the sumptuous display up close on a stroll al” >

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