January Week 4
February 2, 2010 at 9:16 pm (Flowerblogging)
1-31-10 Bladderleaf Lomatium along Terra Linda Ridge: Ferny leaves and delicate umbels struggle up through shattered purple chert.
1-30-10 Manroot on the trail down to Sorich Ranch. With a root that can weigh in at more than a hundred pound, manroot might be up for the battle with the blue gum it's climbing on.
1-30-10 Bay Laurel high on San Rafael Ridge. In Kew Gardens a bay laurel is labeled "Headache Tree." It will give you a headache if you inhale too much of the spicy scent from a crushed leaf, but this is one of the signature fragrances of coastal and foothill California.
1-28-10 Vanilla Grass along Bon Tempe: No lavish flowers, but a forest-floor grass whose dried leaf will retain the scent of old vanilla for years.
1-28-10 Slinky Pods in the woods by Bon Tempe. Slinky pods, fetid adder's tongue, whatever its name it's one of the earliest harbingers of spring.
1-28-10 Moss on the trail to Bon Tempe Lake, where a steep meadow is broken by dozens of rocky outcrops, each clothed through the wet season in a minutely figured, ornate surcoat of emerald mosses and Lilliputian flowering plants.
1-27-10 Shooting Stars high up on the Yolanda Trail. Another Fuzzy Photographic Wonder.
1-27-10 Hounds Tongue at the Deer Park end of the Yolanda Trail. I know, I know: It's a terrible fuzzy picture, but the first hound's tongue is a cause for major seasonal celebration. I promise to get better with my iPhone's camera.
1-26-10 Sun Cups along a road in Fairfax. Not the first wildflower of the season (the earliest species' blooms unfurled in December) but the first I had the notion of blogging.