Hillside walk, 26 March 2017

This week's bloom is even better than last week's, even though the species count is slightly fewer. Especially noteworthy are the blue dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum). I have never seen so many of them. On the north hillside they are spread all the way from the bottom to the very top. The little yellow strigose lotus (Acmispon strigosu) continues to be prominent on the north hillside, primarily at the mid levels, but again extending to the very top.

Long grass continues to dominate much of the scene. It's heavy with seed.

At last the miniature lupine on the lower north hillside is blooming. This species is hard to find among the grasses.

The Canterbury bells (Phacelia minor) is in even greater numbers than last week. What a shame it isn't so prominent because of the competition from the grass.

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