Hillside walk, 02 January 2017

The two specimens of chaparral currant (Ribes malvaceum) in Canyon 5 this week present their annual early welcome to the season, with some flowers out and many more about to open. As usual, this is before many leaves are present.

The past week has seen another half-inch of rain, spread over several days. This leaves the hillsides looking beautifully green and damp. The California liverwort (Asterella californica) in Canyon 6 is at its peak, with many already developing receptacles that will produce spores, — if the season remains damp long enough for these to develop.

The signs of various wildflower species are now in the form of green leaves. Noticeable today were four o'clock (Mirabilis laevis var. crassifolia), California primrose (Eulobus californicus), California bluebells (Phacelia minor), wild cucumber (Marah camrocarpa), and even Danny's skullcap (Scutellaria tuberosa).

Western sycamore

Scrub oak

Telegraphweed

Rose Bowl and Pasadena

Wishbone bush

California bluebells

Dodder

California primrose

Bigelow's spike moss

Blue elderberry

California liverwort

California liverwort

California sagebrush

California sagebrush

Chaparral currant

Chaparral currant

Danny's skullcap

California sagebrush

Leafy California buckwheat

Toyon

Mulefat

Mulefat

   

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