Hillside walk, 18 September 2017

The end-of-season dryness continues. Most of the vegetation is waiting for the winter rains. Today and the most recent several days have been much cooler, almost as if winter has already arrived.

The saw toothed goldenbush (Hazardia squarrosa) continues its peak of blooming, and the California brickellbush (Brickellia californica) is now at its peak, primarily in Canyon 6. Almost everything else in bloom is in a state of remnant flowers, such as a handful of fresh flowers on two laurel sumacs (Malosma laurina); widespread dodder (Cuscuta sp.) with dead flowers and just a few active blooms; one or two flowers on the bush monkeyflower (Diplacus longiflorus) in lower Canyon 2; and a few flowers on the blue elderberry (Sambucus nigra subsp. caerulea) in Canyon 2.

California brickellbush

California coffeeberry

Laurel sumac

Sawtoothed goldenbush

Leafy California buckwheat

Leafy California buckwheat

   

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