Bell Springs mountain is home to over 150 wildflower species including 4 orchids and 20 lily varieties. Blooming periods are slightly different every year depending on the weather but generally begins in March and continues until October. All photographs in the following galleries were taken in the native surroundings using only natural sunlight for illumination.
Bell Springs mountain is situated at the top of historic mail ridge along Bell Springs road in northern Mendocino county. A remote natural landscape of steep rocky outcrops, mixed forests and rolling grass covered hills, ranging from 1000 to almost 4000 feet in elevation. Panoramic 360 degree views show mountain ranges in 6 counties. The climate is considered transitional, being influenced by the coastal zone to the west and the warmer inland areas to the east. Four seasons provide an average 80 inches of rain in the winter and spring, then drought during the summer and fall. The resulting mix of climatic conditions provide habitat for a large variety of wildflowers blooming from March to October.
Doug Zimmerman has been homesteading, hiking and photographing the area for over 35 years.
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