USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - June 2011 - Purple and Gold

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ImageKelli
Jun 14, 2011 6:39 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Photos taken 6/8/11
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foothill penstemon, golden yarrow, and woolly bluecurls
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I was surprised to see blue-eyed grass blooming this late in the year
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Ceanothus spinosus has a main bloom much earlier in the year, but sometimes if it doesn't set much seed the first time and if the weather stays cool, it will rebloom, but to a lesser degree than the first time.
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sticky madia
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velvet ant is actually a wasp
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this creek usually has water all year
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The reason we came to this location was to see the Humboldt lilies, but they aren't blooming yet.
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California wild rose
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California blackberries - I have never seen ripe ones. I'm sure the birds or coyotes get them right away.
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creek monkeyflower
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sticky monkeyflower is not usually white
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Ceanothus spinosus "berries"
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This is the same English plantain that most of you know as a lawn weed, however, this plant was three feet tall.
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It is a banner year for sticky monkeyflower
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scrub oak acorns starting to form
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scarlet larkspur buds
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tropicbreeze
Jun 14, 2011 7:56 PM CST
That Velvet Ant is interesting. I remember as a kid we had what was just called a "Blue Bottle", it was a wasp too, but a real dark bottle blue colour. It's the female, wingless, and the male has wings. If you put a gauze over the Blue Bottle and waited you'd eventually you'd see the males come flying in.
ImageKelli
Jun 14, 2011 8:05 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
I think it's the same with the velvet ant - the female is wingless and the male is not.

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