I just did a walk up to Caroline Park and luckily had my camera to capture the flowering natives, birds and bunnies. Caroline Park is a native plant park set aside in Redlands CA by Olivia Phelps (of the Phelps-Dodge family) in 1929 to honor her sister Caroline. While the many flowering plants in spring to early summer make it an especially beautiful walk, there’s always something blooming or ablaze with bright berries every month of the year. Yes, drought-tolerant plants can be beautiful — see below.
Wildlife Sightings: In my half hour morning walk I saw or heard 8 birds (scrub jay, California towhee, mourning dove, quail, Anna’s hummingbird, phainopepla, lesser’s goldfinch, house finch) numerous cottontail rabbits and lizards, and plenty of bumble bees, hummingbirds and honeybees pollinating the many flowers.
Distance: the 16 acre park isn’t large but has walking paths meandering throughout
If you can’t make it to Caroline Park, go visit a park near you to remind you of the wonders of spring.
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