Hillside walk, 22 December 2013

It's Sunday. We had nearly an inch of rain last Thursday. Thus the green growth continues everywhere unabated, although modest compared to what one would see in a truly wet climate. As a result of the rain, liverworts are back again in force, in greater numbers than I've ever seen, in Canyons 3 and 5. In a few instances, they have raised what look like sporophytes, i.e. the apparatus for distributing spores.

The mass bloom on California sagebrush (Artemisia californica) continues, and in most places the flowers are blooming right across their faces, not just around the edges as they were doing last week.

And this week we have another remnant bloom of toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia).

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

Dodder

Wishbone bush

Telegraphweed

Dodder

Leafy California buckwheat

Black sage

California sagebrush

California liverwort

California liverwort

Bryophytes

California liverwort

California sagebrush

Chaparral currant

Goldenback fern

Chaparral currant

California sagebrush

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Toyon

Douglas's nightshade

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

Cliff aster

Mulefat

Mulefat

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

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