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The California Floristic Province is one of only five areas with a Mediterranean-type climate in the world. This hotspot contains a wide variety of ecosystems, including sagebrush steppe, prickly pear shrubland, coastal sage scrub, chaparral, juniper-pine woodland, redwood forests, coastal dunes, and salt marshes. Today, about 25 per cent of the original vegetation remains in more or less pristine condition. The region has a very high level of endemic plants, more than 20 endemic amphibians and 10 endemic bird species, including the endanged Californian condor.
Coast Giant redwood trees {Sequoia sempervirens} in the fog, Del Norte State Park, California, USA. Tallest trees in the world.  -  Michael Hutchinson
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Michael Hutchinson / Coast Giant redwood trees {Sequoia sempervirens} in the fog, Del Norte State Park, California, USA. Tallest trees in the world.
California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) portrait, wild, Arizona, USA, April.  -  David Tipling
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David Tipling / California Condor (Gymnogyps californianus) portrait, wild, Arizona, USA, April.
Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California, USA, March 2013.  -  Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes, Death Valley National Park, California, USA, March 2013.
Black Bear (Ursus americanus) in Kings Canyon National Park, California, USA. June.  -  Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Black Bear (Ursus americanus) in Kings Canyon National Park, California, USA. June.
Towering Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) rising from forest understory of Wood sorrel (Oxalis), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, May.  -  Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Towering Coastal redwoods (Sequoia sempervirens) rising from forest understory of Wood sorrel (Oxalis), Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, May.
Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) trunk of ancient tree, Inyo National forest, White Mountains, California, USA, March.  -  Juan  Carlos Munoz
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Juan Carlos Munoz / Great Basin Bristlecone Pine (Pinus longaeva) trunk of ancient tree, Inyo National forest, White Mountains, California, USA, March.
Big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) trees covered in moss and surrounded by sword ferns form a maze of tree trunks.  Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, USA, May.  -  Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Big leaf maple (Acer macrophyllum) trees covered in moss and surrounded by sword ferns form a maze of tree trunks. Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park, California, USA, May.
Siberian candyflower (Montia parvifolia), Carpet red alder, (Alnus rubra) along Wolf Creek, Sinkyone State Park, Sinkyone Intertribal Wilderness, California, August.  -  Jack  Dykinga
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Jack Dykinga / Siberian candyflower (Montia parvifolia), Carpet red alder, (Alnus rubra) along Wolf Creek, Sinkyone State Park, Sinkyone Intertribal Wilderness, California, August.
Two Anna's Hummingbirds (Calypte anna) fighting, Mount Diablo State Park, California, USA. December.  -  Floris  van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Two Anna's Hummingbirds (Calypte anna) fighting, Mount Diablo State Park, California, USA. December.
Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in Yosemite valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, December 2012.  -  Jouan Rius
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Jouan Rius / Mule deer (Odocoileus hemionus) in Yosemite valley, Yosemite National Park, California, USA, December 2012.
Aerial view of spring wildflower displays, Phacelia (purple) San Joaquin Blazing Star (orange) and Coreopsis (yellow) Temblor Range, Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, USA, April 2010  -  Floris van Breugel
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Floris van Breugel / Aerial view of spring wildflower displays, Phacelia (purple) San Joaquin Blazing Star (orange) and Coreopsis (yellow) Temblor Range, Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, USA, April 2010
Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert, California, USA, December 2012.  -  Jouan Rius
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Jouan Rius / Joshua trees (Yucca brevifolia) Joshua Tree National Park, Mojave Desert, California, USA, December 2012.
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