Friday, February 29. 2008
It's hard to resist taking pictures when spring starts popping out. I took a walk around the place on 2-23 and here is some of what I saw.
You can click any photo to see one a bit larger.
First, the little stuff. The shrubs are nice, but hard to photograph. Besides, the closer you look the more you see. That's when you begin to understand the richness of the environment we live in. Here is a random shot at the ground from very close up. This whole patch of ground is probably not more than 3" diagonally. These are bryophytes. The pointy ones are related to mosses, and the flatter ones are liverworts. (Thanks, Kay!)
Look at this tiny liverwort. It's probably somewhere in the dime to quarter size range. There are a lot of them out right now, but I don't know what it is. If you know, please click here. Another photo is here.
Black sage comes in a small size, too...
I'm not so sure about this frilly stuff. Anybody want to guess what it is? Click here to tell me. [Cindy B. tells me this is Chaenactis or Pincushion.]
Ah me, looks like we've still got work to do. Cindy B. says this is Senecio Vulgaris, a non-native dandelion, confirmed by Kay S. and Greg R. It's gone now.
I posted a photo of a cluster of these plants a week or so ago. Here's a closer view. Those buds don't appear to have changed. We're pretty sure this one is Mirabilis californica. (Thanks again, Kay!)
Here's a closer view of that deer weed. Doesn't look like a weed to me.
Come to think of it, the monkey flowers don't look like monkeys, either.
That's all for now. I can edit these entries, so if anyone wants to name a plant in a photo, let me know and I'll do it.
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