Author Julie Carville releases her newest Tahoe wildflower book

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The Union Newspaper – Grass Valley
Published June 17th, 2016

most res  Julie for the flyer  credit Roger McGehee – VersionJulie Carville could hike the rest of her life in the Sierra Nevada and never go anywhere else.

That is where she is most at home, among the wildflowers of Lake Tahoe and the Northern Sierra Nevada mountain range.

“It’s so incredibly magnificent. It’s a spiritual experience,” she said.

Author, photographer and self-taught botanist, Carville has spent the past three years capturing the spirit of John Muir’s “range of light” now compiled in her newly released guidebook, Tahoe’s Spectacular Wildflower Trails.

It’s a long awaited compilation of Tahoe’s 21 best scenic wildflower trails, a color flower guide for easy identification, Native American plant knowledge, a high country tree guide and 870 color photographs taken by Carville on her many ramblings.

Carville will share stories about high elevation wildflowers and give an overview of when and where to find the best wildflower displays in the Tahoe region and Grouse Ridge area during a special free book release held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, June 20 at Lucchesi Wine Tasting Room, 128 Mill Street in Grass Valley.

The book will be available for purchase and signing by the author at this Bear Yuba Land Trust (BYLT) hosted event. Julie Carville is one of the Land Trust’s most popular trek leaders and was the 2014 recipient of BYLT’s John Skinner Sierra Outdoors Recreation Award.

This summer, Carville hopes to inspire folks living in lower elevation foothills of Nevada County to venture to mountain wonderlands just a short drive away, where the height of the wildflower season – lush with Mule’s Ears and Penstemons – spans from June to August.

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