USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - May 2011 - No One

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May 6, 2011 7:17 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
During the two hours that we were at this park, we didn't see anyone else. Usually we'll see at least one other person. After all, we are just outside one of the biggest cities in the United States.

Yucca whipplei var. intermedia
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purple sage
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rose clover
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I know that I just showed you Catalina mariposa lily in a recent article, but there were so many today that I'd be amiss not including it. Besides, it is one of my favorites. I have never seen so many mariposas in an area that had not recently burned.
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Indian pink
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Those who have followed me for a while know that crimson pitcher sage is one of my favorites.
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It is not easty to find a blue-eyed grass flower that has not been munched on.
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Indian paintbrush
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Blow wives has got to be the goofiest plant name.
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Tidy tips is the second goofiest name.
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This is called rattlesnake weed because it was thought to be a remedy for snakebite.
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purple clarkia
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blue larkspur
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This hillside had many flowers, not just the golden yarrow easily seen in the photo.
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silver puffs
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We came from the little grassland area near the top of the photo.
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In the zoom of the same scene, you can see the yuccas.
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probably lance-leafed liveforever
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immature sugar bush berries
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I did not get a good picture of scarlet bugler. This is the best of a bad lot.
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black sage
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snake skin
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You've seen it before and you'll see it again. This is the Nicholas Flat pond.
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This is a very short video of the Nicholas Flat pond. Listen for the sound of the redwing blackbirds.

redwing blackbird
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This crimson pitcher sage is more pink than is typical
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May 6, 2011 7:54 PM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
Wonderful photos Kelli :) So many beauties. I love the red-winged blackbirds, they are so pretty. I enjoyed the video Thumbs up

May 7, 2011 4:27 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Awesome flowers Kelli! They could all easily be my favorites!

I loved the panning of the pond. It's nice to listen to nature and it's how I would stand on the bank and look :o)
A small town has no secrets except itself
May 8, 2011 5:02 AM CST
Nice collection of flower photos there. Looks like they're getting into the mood of spring.
May 11, 2011 2:14 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
Oh, that Catalina Mariposa lily is so beautiful! I also enjoyed hearing the birds singing in the video. Thanks for so many beauties!
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May 11, 2011 1:23 PM CST
Name: Kelli
Where summer is winter
You're welcome. I'm glad that you and Rann and Sally and Zig liked them. When I'm out, I'm always telling DH that I need to get a picture of such-and-such for the peeps.
May 12, 2011 4:14 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
We peeps sure like them :o)
A small town has no secrets except itself
May 12, 2011 6:01 PM CST
Tell him he's got to get his priorities right Hilarious!
May 13, 2011 6:40 AM CST
Name: Rannveig
Hafnarfjörður, Iceland
We sure do Thumbs up
Jul 16, 2011 8:27 AM CST
Name: Adina Dosan
Balotesti, Romania
I'm telling my DH the same when I'm out with the camera! Rolling on the floor laughing
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