Hillside walk, 20 November 2013

At the start of today's walk, I tacked Canyon 6. I wanted to reach the grove of oak trees, near the spring that provides water for the stream behind our house. It's difficult to access because of dense vegetation. Today I decided to reach those oak trees regardless of the vegetation. At first I tried Canyon 7, but it was very difficult. Then I found an easier route up Canyon 6. The reward was not just oak trees, but a group of black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa). In the same area is plenty of edible fig (Ficus carica). Both species are there no doubt because of the water.

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Coast live oak

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Debris barrier

Debris basin

Canyon 6

Leafy California buckwheat

Dodder

Holly leaf redberry

California sagebrush

Black sage

Goldenback fern

Chaparral currant

Chaparral currant

Lemonade berry

Canyon 2

Leafy California buckwheat

Toyon

Douglas's nightshade

Poison oak

Cliff aster

Coyote brush

Coyote brush

 

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