Behind the scenes of this photo

Taken on top of Table Mountain near Jamestown, California in the Sierra Nevada foothills on April 9th, 2014

Table Mountain is a long extrusion of ancient basalt lava that flows through the foothills near Jamestown. Every spring water collects on its corrugated top and runs into gullies, channels, and pools that nourish the soil and lead to a profusion of wildflowers. Some of the most abundant flowers are goldfields and lupine. In certain areas the lupine bloom in vast patches, and when the wind kicks up their heady perfume fills the air with the scent of spring.

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