Fair Oaks Vernal Pools at Phoenix Park - Getting ready to burst into bloom!

Real Estate Agent with Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) DRE# 00809499

The Vernal Pools at Phoenix Field in Fair Oaks are starting to come alive.  Not quite in their full glory, they are getting there. Here they are in April 2011.  You can still see the pooled water which is the key to the amazing proliferation of wildflowers to come as the water evaporates. Then scan down to see the pic I took in the same spot May last year.

Vernal Pools, Phoenix Park Fair Oaks April 2011

Vernal pools are a vanishing rarity. They are little pockets of temporary wetlands created by rainwater trapped on the surface by hardpan which prevents percolation.  So the rainwater sits until it dries up.  In the process, plants germinate and aquatic critters flourish (they've been waiting quietly - bizarre, huh?). As the pools dry up, the spectacular show emerges with concentric rings of wildflowers in bursts of yellow, purple and white.

Now look at tthe Vernal Pools of Phoenix Field last year, May of 2010, as featured in my Fair Oaks Video. Aren't they shockingly beautiful?

Vernal Pools, Phoenix Park Fair Oaks in full bloom

Amazing, isn't it.

© Sally Dunbar, 2011

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Comments (3)

Ralph Gorgoglione
Maui Life Homes / Metro Life Homes - Kihei, HI
Hawaii and California Real Estate (310) 497-9407

Oh wow, those are gorgeous photos. The second one looks like the yellow brick road LOL! Thank you for sharing this post.

Apr 28, 2011 05:47 AM
Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster Real Estate - Gainesville, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA

That really is a big difference once the flowers come into bloom.  Very nice before and after shots.

Apr 28, 2011 08:09 AM
Sally Dunbar
Lyon Real Estate, Fair Oaks CA (Sacramento Area) - Fair Oaks, CA
Fair Oaks Realtor - Fair Oaks Homes for Sale

Ralph - It does look like the yellow brick road - nature has an amaing grace to it.

Chris Ann - I can't wait to see what this year brings.  I took my 89 year old Dad there a few days ago, and he couldn't believe it - and he hasn't even seen it in full regalia yet!  I'll post again once it is peaking.

Apr 28, 2011 08:22 AM