Hillside walk, 26 January 2015

We are at the peak of early spring. At least that's the way it appeals to me with the hoary leaf ceanothus (Ceanothus crassifolius var. planus) in bloom in all locations where it grows on these hillside. Also, the wild cucumber (Marah macrocarpa) is at its peak, and the golden currant (Ribes aureum var. gracillimum) has its bright yellow flowers in most places although not yet fully out. The first few flowers of California four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia) are appearing, too, the beginning of what should be a widespread display later in the spring. It's a joyous time of year to he watching the unfolding of spring.

While the liverworts (Asterella californica) continue the growth of their receptacles, some liverworts have dried up almost completely because of the lack of substantial rain in recent weeks.

Coast live oak

Wild cucumber

Rattlesnake weed

Rattlesnake weed

Golden currant

Wishbone bush

Two color everlasting

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Wild cucumber

Scrub oak

Blue elderberry

Telegraphweed

Wishbone bush

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Grassy meadow

Black sage

Fuchsia-flowered gooseberry

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Chaparral currant

Woodrat nest

Goldenback fern

Chaparral currant

California peony

California peony

Lemonade berry

Lemonade berry

Scrub oak

Scrub oak

Danny's skullcap

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Hoaryleaf ceanothus

Pasadena

Poison oak

Poison oak

California liverwort

Coffee fern

California liverwort

California liverwort

California liverwort

Goldenback fern

Douglas's nightshade

Wild cucumber

Leafy California buckwheat

Coast live oak

Douglas's nightshade

Common chickweed

Cliff aster

Golden currant

Golden currant

Mulefat

Mulefat

Mulefat

Douglas's nightshade

Caterpillar phacelia

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