USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - June 2011 - Purple and Gold
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|Photos taken 6/8/11
foothill penstemon, golden yarrow, and woolly bluecurls
I was surprised to see blue-eyed grass blooming this late in the year
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.
velvet ant is actually a wasp
this creek usually has water all year
The reason we came to this location was to see the Humboldt lilies, but they aren't blooming yet.
California wild rose
California blackberries - I have never seen ripe ones. I'm sure the birds or coyotes get them right away.
sticky monkeyflower is not usually white
Ceanothus spinosus "berries"
This is the same English plantain that most of you know as a lawn weed, however, this plant was three feet tall.
It is a banner year for sticky monkeyflower
scrub oak acorns starting to form
scarlet larkspur buds
|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.|
|I think it's the same with the velvet ant - the female is wingless and the male is not.|
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