Apr. 17th, 2017

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After about six weeks battling bronchitis, I'm mostly better, and I got out for a slow walk yesterday afternoon. Took my shiny new camera along. Not a lot is blooming yet, but the little magnolia trees are, and the fragrance is wonderful. All these photos are click-to-enlarge-able.

And the cottonwoods are just starting to leaf out, just barely.

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Another Dudlia  near the first one is trembling on the edge of full bloom with both grey and orange lichen.

On the way back we saw this lovely pink Lupine (Bluebonnet).  There was quite a discussion about whether it was pink through genetics or by some quirk of environment, with the conclusion that it is probably genetic.

I saw two or three Lupine like this one with pale blue flowers under snow white ones.   In this picture it is surrounded by Quaking Grass (Rattlesnake grass) a horrible invasive with little or no value as feed.

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It was quite a steep climb and near the top Olly and I sat down to chat instead of slosh around on in the mud below.  Olly is 80 this year and not terribly stable on his feet.  I was impressed both with Olly and another older, quite cripple woman who both did the climb quite cheerfully.  We all three sat and watched the others as they poked around, looking at the white Meadowfoam, orange Mimulus, yellow goldfields, brownish topped rushes and who know what else.

I didn't get a picture of M, zipping around in the Gator hauling lunch to the lunch site and people back down the hill when they were ready to turn back.  In between times M did his own Flower Walk.

After lunch the hardiest of the group charged off up the hill to Split Rock.  At least three of them had never been there so we had a good time climbing through the Rock and then seeing the view from the top.   This little Dudlia had a good year with all the rain and is intent on escaping out of the crack in the rock.  I love the contrast with the brilliant orange lichen on the rock.

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At the risk of Spamming this group here are three posts that detail the Flower Walk we did this last Sat April 15th on my Ranch in Northern California.

We started up Red Barn Creek which was very full and a bit hard to cross.   As usual the pace was extremely slow at first as everyone stopped and talked about every single new plant (it seemed!)  Eventually we entered the big meadow across from Devil's Den.  One of the members, using her field glasses spotted "a yellow flower" so we all trooped back across the stream and up into Devil's Den.

Devil's Den is an ever changing and eroding mass of highly Serpentine laced soil.  Serpentine rock is part of the mantle rock, not the earth's crust.  It forms in sea bottoms, fractures easily and is thrust up in our countryside as the continental plates collide.  It is full of Magnesium and thus is very hard to grow anything in.  Here the serpentine rock has mixed into this gravelly amalgam.  It erodes really quickly and nothing grows on it.

Here are two pictures of our yellow Owls Clover all tangled up in purple vetch.  They were way more brilliant yellow than either picture shows.

Chuck and Olly brought up the rear of the group as we climbed up and out of the top of Devil's Den.  It looks so smooth and green but the cows make deep hoofprints into the soft grey clay making walking is really rather difficult.


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