Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change
On view through July 11, 2021
Los Altos History Museum
Los Altos, California

“Beauty and the Beast: California Wildflowers and Climate Change,” an exhibition by international award-winning photographers Rob Badger and Nita Winter, originated at the San Francisco Public Library and is traveled by Exhibit Envoy. For over 20 years, the photographers have worked to capture California’s vanishing wildflowers, bringing awareness to the beauty of the Golden State as well as to the dangers facing our natural habitats from climate change. All geographic regions of California are highlighted, from the high alpine “rock gardens” above 11,000 feet in the Sierra Nevada Mountains to Death Valley National Park’s below-sea-level environment.

“Even in the midst of a pandemic, we realize that the even greater threat of climate change must not be forgotten,” said Exhibition Curator Amy Ellison. “These spectacular photographs of California wildflowers are an urgent call to action, and we hope the exhibition inspires visitors to help protect our beautiful planet.”

[Field of wildflowers, California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica), Lupine (Lupinus bicolor) and Desert Goldfields (Lasthenia californica), with snow on the San Bernadino Mountains.Photograph by Rob Badger and Nita Winter]