If you are looking for a beauty in California then set your eyes on Baldwin Lake. Its rich history and pristine beauty makes it, a colorful destination for anyone wanting to spend a day on the waters of California.
And BeachCalifornia.com describes it,
Today at Baldwin Lake you’ll find another kind of gold, slender-petaled mustard (Thelypodium stenopetalum), an endangered species that flourishes in the moist meadow areas of the ecological reserve. In the spring after the snow melts, the valley comes alive with fantastic colors that include yellows, oranges and purples from flowers such as the Parish’s rock-cress. California Department of Fish and Game manages the Baldwin Lake Ecological Reserve in which these flowers bloom. They take special note of buckwheat and paintbrush growing at Baldwin Lake. These plants, like the mustard, appear on the state and federal endangered species lists.
For botanists and ornithologists, Baldwin Lake is a treasure trove of rare and endangered plants, birds and fish species. Even geologists delight in the treeless pebble plains occurring from an Ice Age lake that formed the clay soils that swell when wet, then shrink and crack in the dry months. Over thousands of years, this cycle of swelling and shrinking, combined with freezing, has pushed up pebbles that accumulate on the surface. The combination of unique soils, harsh growing conditions and isolation from other similar areas has created a plant community found nowhere else in the world.
Small quartz, pebbly rocks spring forth low growing, tufted plants rooted in the crevices. The flowers of cushion-like plants create a panorama of color. Special adaptations to the weather conditions include tiny leaves covered with fine hairs to reduce water loss during the many days of mountain sun. The ash-grey paintbrush with unusual gray leaves obtains nutrients by tapping into the roots of nearby plants. Kennedy’s buckwheat, another rare Baldwin Lake-area plant, grows deep roots that anchor it even when the clay freezes and expands beneath.
Bald eagle habitats in the rare pebble plain make this region an attractive study for environmentalists, nature lovers and those who simply want to explore the great outdoors in all its splendor. In addition to its unique pebble plain with that springs forth rare plants, hikers may spot coyotes and deer. Birds include saw-whet and screech owls, great horned owls, Cooper’s hawks, sharp-shinned hawks, red-tailed hawks and kestrels. Other birds found at the ecological reserve include the red-breasted nuthatch and the Western bluebird.
With those words describing the Baldwin Lake, who wouldn’t like to visit this beautiful place?