Wildflower Walk in Marin

The copious amount of rain this past winter in California has led to incredible super blooms all over the state. Many of the well known spots have been trampled by social media flare up creating hoard of visitors with fewer facilities than can accommodate. Unfortunately as these spots grow in popularity, the flowers get crushed and the beautiful scenery is ruined. I had intended to go this spring but after reading about the overwhelming amounts of tourists, I chose the smaller scale variety show, opting to witness the sweet blooms flaunt their brilliance close to home. And I haven’t been disappointed. One of my favorite spots right now is to head out to Elliot Nature Preserve aka Cascade Canyon trail in Fairfax where the rocky creeks are perfectly flowing. Keep your eyes along the sidelines and see all of natures bounty. Today when I went, I saw the first wild irises popping out- white and purple perfection. To get there drive to the end of Cascade Drive and make sure to park along the dirt (mud now!) and not to stick out onto the pavement or risk a ticket…and dogs are required to be on leash (unfortunately– if they’re well behaved like Murphy 😉 ) and beware because a friend of mine just got warned for not having her dog on leash and they’re out there watching on occasion.


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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