Posted on June 17, 2015 – Written by Chris Kasten
The following photos were recently taken while out hiking in three different canyons on the Angeles National Forest. These three native wildflowers of the San Gabriel mountains are in full bloom as of this writing. The first image, Crimson Columbine Aquilegia formosa, was captured along the East Fork of the San Gabriel River, just downstream from the confluence of Mine Gulch, Vincent Gulch and the Prairie Fork. Its’ bright red and yellow created a vivid contrast against the thickets of white alder that line the stream course.
The second image, Humboldt’s Lily Lilium humboldtii, was taken in the Big Santa Anita Canyon between Fern Lodge Junction and Roberts’ Camp. These lantern-like beauties favor June as their time to make their brief appearance.
This final image, Heart Leaved Penstemon Keckiella cordifolia, was taken alongside the Gabrielino Trail in the Arroyo Seco, between Switzer’s Campground and the confluence of Bear Canyon. This close-up view is taken amongst chaparral plants on warm southwest facing slopes.