USA - Pacific States forum: Simi Hills - May 2011 - Snake in the Grass

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ImageKelli
May 27, 2011 5:51 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
This is called yerba santa. Yerba santa means holy herb. It has some medicinal use. It is also edible, at least in moderation. I like to chew on a young leaf. It is a little bit gummy and has bitter but minty taste.
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cobweb thistle
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rose snapdragon
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branching phacelia
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DH was going to step over this rattlesnake. I told him that we were going to detour through the thistles.
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bush mallow
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mud drying in a strange way
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I guess these are squirrel
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raven or crow, maybe
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Purple clarkia can be spotted or solid purple. The spotted ones are shown in the thread "There Ain't No Flies on Us".
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chia
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white snapdragon
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I think this rock looks like an animal, a hippo maybe.
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It's been a good year for black sage.
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"Keep out or die" Rolling my eyes.
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spring vetch
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looks like the West
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I don't know what kind of grass this is, but I think it is pretty.
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eucrypta
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sugar bush berries
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elderberry
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Imagebillyporter
May 29, 2011 4:27 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
So many neat pictures! I'm right behind you in the thistle patch, LOL!
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageKelli
May 29, 2011 10:02 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Oh, yes. At least it was Italian thistle, which isn't very fierce.
Imagebillyporter
Jun 2, 2011 1:17 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
ROTFL!!!
A small town has no secrets except itself
tropicbreeze
Jun 2, 2011 11:19 PM CST
I sometimes take photos of animal tracks as well. Many times it's as close as you'll get to seeing the animal. That "mud drying in a strange way" is actually algae. In wet times it coats the ground where water collects or seeps. Like mud, it shrinks as it dries and cracks up like that. The upper (sunny) side dries quicker than the underside hence the curling. Mud/clay will do the same thing, but usually in thicker layers.

The closest I can get to ID for that grass is Poaceae. Whistling
ImageKelli
Jun 7, 2011 2:46 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
I'm not very good with grasses. I don't have a very good guidebook on them and I haven't felt like learning all of the technical terminology.
Imagesallyg
Mar 13, 2012 8:31 AM CST
Name: Sally
central Maryland
slef employed writier
Great walk in the west, Kelli!
"If you bring joy and enthusiasm to everything you do, people will think you're crazy" W. Haelfeli, New Yorker cartoon
ImageKelli
Mar 13, 2012 10:20 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Thank you

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