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Goldfields        Images © Mark A. Chappell

In California's Mediterranean climate, intense winter rains can sometimes produce a bumper crop of wildflowers. This happened in the Spring of 2001, following well-timed and heavy rains in an El Nino year. One of the commonest and most visible of the flowers is the small daisy-like goldfields, which, for a few weeks, can cover acres of open ground with almost blindingly yellow flowers. These were growing at the Motte Reserve, a University of California research station near Riverside, California.

  • Nikon F100, Nikon 18-35 zoom lens at about 20 mm, Ektachrome 100VS (2001)