Hillside walk, 17 December 2013

For several weeks I've been watching closely the California sage (Artemisia californica) as the buds and flowers develop. They were definitely flowering on October 28 and November 6. Since then, it hasn't been so obvious although I've reported them as blooming. However, today, they are in massed bloom everywhere.

The liverworts that we re no numerous last week have in most instances faded away with the continued lack of precipitation. Today just a few leaves remain, mostly in protected locations.

Grass and a mass of tiny green things are now growing in areas with any kind of shade. Noteworthy to me is that the four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis) on the north hillside now has leaves. Next month we will hopefully see some flowers. That is, assuming there is some more rain.

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

California sagebrush

Dodder

Leafy California buckwheat

Rattlesnake weed

Telegraphweed

Telegraphweed

Peruvian pepper tree

Peruvian pepper tree

Ridge of the north hillside

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

Chaparral currant

Chaparral currant

California liverwort

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

Chaparral currant

Lemonade berry

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

Coffee fern

Leafy California buckwheat

Douglas's nightshade

Cliff aster

A fungus

Mulefat

Mulefat

Mulefat

Edible fig

California sagebrush

Black sage

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

   

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