It’s time for Spring Cleaning and I’m not talking about the house. Instead of clearing out the cobwebs in that corner of the house, why not clear out the cobwebs that have left a winter weave in our minds.
For those of you who find joy in flowers, this is your time of year. Let’s wipe those cobwebs from our minds. Fields of California Poppies, Owls Clover, Chinese houses, Larkspurs, Shooting Stars, Goldfields, Lupines, Blazing Stars, Baby Blue Eyes, Indian Warrior, Cream Cups, Woolly Blue Curls, and Violets are the creation of a painters’ palette.
“I perhaps owe having become a painter to flowers. “
~ Claude Monet
Inspiration comes and goes but in a field of wildflowers inspiration only grows. Photograph or paint nature’s palette and make it your own. Sit silently among the earthy perfumes and let the breeze carry your thoughts.
Find restoration in nature, if only for a day. Take off and explore nature’s celebration of Spring, the Wildflower. The back roads of Paso Robles offer many Treasures; one gem is an area east of the Adelaide Inn.
“The Earth Laughs in Flowers”
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Tips for your Wildflower Road Trip
What to Wear/Bring: Casual dress, comfortable walking shoes, sweater or jacket, sunscreen, bottled water and camera.
To order your picnic lunch to go, call the afternoon before your trip:
Panolivo Gourmet Bistro: 1334 Park St. Paso Robles (805) 239-3366
Odyssey World Café: 1214 Pine St. Paso Robles (805)237-7516
For the photographer, Photonaturalist. net has a Free download on “13 Tips for Better Wildflower Photography.”
The National Audubon Society has a comprehensive field guide of Western Wildflowers. You can pick up a copy at any local bookstore. Online, Barnes and Noble and Amazon.com have these field guides available new or used.
Where’s the Paso Robles Wine? After a day of floral exploration, you have the option of stopping at several Paso Robles wineries on your return or you can have a bottle of wine waiting in your room at the Adelaide Inn. Make a reservation for the Adelaide Inn Manager’s Special Winery of the Month and you will receive a complimentary bottle of wine, wine tasting tickets for two, free wildflower seed packet, a map to the wildflower area and $5.00 per person off breakfast.
Please let us know if you prefer red wine or white wine.
Winery of the Month for April 2010: Bianchi Vineyard
Winery of the Month for May & June 2010: Sculpterra Vineyards
by Debbie Nagle