Hillside walk, 12 December 2016

The western sycamore (Plantanus racemosa) in Canyon 8 has flowers. It probably had them last week, too, but I didn't look for them. It seems too early in the season for spring flowers of this kind. Maybe the lack of very cold weather is triggering this response. In contrast, the black cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa) in Canyon 6 shows no signs of flowering, but continues with the old green leaves, many of which are yellowing.

The toyon (Heteromeles arbutifolia) on upper Lida Street has a new bunch of flowers, even though the plant is well covered with red fruit from the flowers of last spring.

On Lida Street above Canyon 1, the California brickellbush (Brickellia californica) is entirely past flowering except for a few flowers at the end of one branch. These same flowers have been present for the past three weeks. All the other flowers are fluffy has-beens.

Western sycamore

Tiny seedlings

California sagebrush


Wishbone bush


Black cottonwood

California liverwort


Leafy California buckwheat



Twiggy wreath plant


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