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The Central Carrizo Plain
Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

The center of the Carrizo Plain is very flat, with the Caliente and Temblor Ranges rising abruptly on either side. For many years it was planted in wheat and the "plowing limit" can still be seen as a long continuous scar along the base of the hills. It is now grazing land, and in wet years covered with wildflowers.

Outcrops of sandstone occur near the western edge of the Carrizo Plain. One of them, known as Painted Rock, contains huge pictographs made by ancient indigenous peoples in its womb-like central alcove. Unfortunately the rock art has been heavily vandalized.

Carrizo Plain National Monument
Wikipedia: Painted Rock (San Luis Obispo County, California)

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Spring wildflowers on the Carrizo Plain

Spring wildflowers on the Carrizo Plain

Spring wildflowers in the central Carrizo Plain southeast of Painted Rock, Carrizo Plain National Monument

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: March 20, 2005
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Spring wildflowers in the central Carrizo Plain - two

Spring wildflowers in the central Carrizo Plain - two

Spring wildflowers in the central Carrizo Plain - two

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: March 20, 2005
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Hilltop on the west edge of the Carrizo Plain

Hilltop on the west edge of the Carrizo Plain

Hilltop on the west edge of the Carrizo Plain

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: March 20, 2005
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Sheep grazing on the Carrizo Plain

Sheep grazing on the Carrizo Plain

Sheep grazing on the Carrizo Plain

Carrizo Plain National Monument, California

Date photographed: March 20, 2005
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