Hillside walk, 18 January 2014

Notable this week is the strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosus), the first blooms this of this species for the season. But there were just two flowers, each on a separate plant about 3 feet apart. They were not far from where strigose lotus was abundant last year, except that the latter area is this year dry and barren, not even any popcorn flower yet. An important aspect of seeing this flower is that last year I didn't see it until February 16. While that is roughly a week later, one must also realize that observations take place only once each week.

Another first for the season is the California peony (Paeonia californica). Just one flower is on a plant that has a number of buds. This plant is the only one come up this year. All others remain dormant..

This week went into Canyon 6 to see the cottonwood trees (Populus trichocarpa), and to find a generally reasonable way to get to them, which I did. The cottonwoods still have a considerable amount of leaves, all yellow, and a lovely layer of yellow leaves on the ground under the trees.

Dodder

Dodder

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Leafy California buckwheat

Wishbone bush

Telegraphweed

Two color everlasting

Two color everlasting

Telegraphweed

Russian thistle

Rattlesnake weed

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

Strigose lotus

Wishbone bush

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Black cottonwood

Rock arch

Coast live oak

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Black cottonwood

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Reservoir connections

Black sage

Chaparral currant

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

Chaparral currant

California peony

California liverwort

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California sagebrush

Wishbone bush

Wild cucumber

Douglas's nightshade

Wild cucumber

Wild cucumber

Cliff aster

Golden currant

Golden currant

Mulefat

Mulefat

 

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