Wild Lands of the West | The BLM, National Geographic Magazine: Spring Wildflowers

Pattern of pink flowers look like Impressionist painting.

Checker mallow (Sidalcea calycosa) blossoms flutter on the slopes of the Carrizo Plain National Monument, where wildflowers flourish amid remnants of California’s original grasslands. The 50-mile valley covers almost 250,000 acres lying between the Temblor Mountains to the northeast and the Caliente Mountains to the southwest. The San Andreas Fault runs through it for a number of miles.