Hillside walk, 12 January 2014

Continuing dry weather, and mostly warmer than average during the past week. The native vegetation continues to progress, albeit slowly, with four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) blooming at last, in sunny places on the north hillside. And the first flowers of hoaryleaf ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius) have appeared. I'm reporting fuchsia-flowered gooseberry (Ribes speciosum) as flowering (since two weeks ago) although so far this season I've seen only a single plant in bloom. In some other instances, gooseberry plants look to be completely dead. Whether or not that is the case will presumably become apparent as the season progresses.

The only thriving liverworts I saw this week were just one or two in a small, recessed, damp crevice in Canyon 5.

This week I explored Canyon 8 in greater detail to see the remains of the old water system from many years ago. That is the subject of a separate web page.

Coast live oak

Laurel sumac

Western sycamore

Coast live oak and western sycamore

Coast live oak

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Dodder

Wishbone bush

Telegraphweed

Two color everlasting

Two color everlasting

Sow thistle

Russian thistle

Peruvian pepper tree

Wishbone bush

Cliff aster

Wishbone bush

Dodder

Mouth of Canyon 8

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Black sage

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

Chaparral currant

California liverwort

California liverwort

Chaparral currant

Goldenback fern

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Chaparral currant

Birch leaf mountain mahogany

California peony

Lemonade berry

California liverwort

California liverwort

Coffee fern

Western sycamore

Leafy California buckwheat

Douglas's nightshade

Toyon

Wild cucumber

Cliff aster

Golden currant

Mushroom

Mulefat

Mulefat

   

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