Travel Northern California | Wild, Tamed.
On our last day in sunny California, we crammed a lot of sight seeing into the hours that remained before leaving the west coast.
You don’t always have to go off the beaten path, where limited footprints have been left, deep into wilderness areas to find enchanting life.
In fact, growing up in Chicago, it was the museums that really peaked my interests in natural history and what seemed like a faraway world to me.
So when I get the chance, I also like to step foot in places that remind me of the wide-eyed girl of my childhood. Big cities are great for that and San Francisco had just the place for me: the San Francisco Botanical Gardens.
“Earth laughs in flowers.” Ralph Waldo Emerson
What’s wonderful about botanical gardens, especially SF’s, is that you get to see fauna from all over the world without even needing a passport or having to fight off jet lag. The gardens have separate collections according to geographic regions- including Mediterranean, mid-temperate and montane tropics (which includes plants from cloud forest climates in the Andes and Southeast Asia).
And I’d be remiss not to include pictures of poppies while in California, right?
Some of these would make beautiful fine art prints, like the poppies pictured above. If you are interested in commissioning a print, send me an email so we can chat about details.
If you have been following along on the trip notes, we flew into San Francisco and made our way to the edge of Yosemite. We explored Yosemite National Park and have a ton of pictures between here and here. Then we drove many-a-mile up the central valley and arrived in Eureka, exploring some of the local redwoods. Then we spent a day checking out Humboldt Bay area and Redwood National Forest.
In the last day we squeezed in the Botanical Gardens in the morning and coming up next on the blog, coastal marine mammal watching, which concludes the series from our CA trip.