USA - Pacific States forum: Santa Monica Mountains, California - September 2011 - The Slow Season

 
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ImageKelli
Sep 26, 2011 5:28 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
There isn't much growing and blooming going on at this time of year, so you are going to get a lot of pictures of seeds and pods.

perezia
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black sage
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California buckwheat
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notable penstemon
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basketbush
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basketbush berries
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buds for next year
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It was cloudy
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The books say we have one species of scrub oak here but I am not convinced. The acorns are very variable.
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woolly bluecurls seed pods
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lichens on woolly bluecurls stem
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yucca seed pods
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woolly aster
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telegraph weed
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dove weed
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wand buckwheat
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evening primrose
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chaparral honeysuckle
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dry creek
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ceanothus, probably C. spinosus
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sugar bush
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Imagemarsue
Sep 26, 2011 7:45 PM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
Love the pods and the seeds and etc., Kelli! Thanks for sharing these with us! Group hug
Imagebillyporter
Sep 27, 2011 4:19 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Kelli, I loved the hike! I don't often get to see the seeds and pods of things and know the name of them. This was a great hike and pictures!

I loved the acorns. Always have been fascinated by them and their little cups. The Grandkids give them to me to hang on to, and most of the time, I bring them home :o)
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageKelli
Sep 27, 2011 10:33 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Thanks, Mau.

I like acorns, too, and probably for the same reasons that I like seashells and pebbles. They are smooth, shiny things that are nice to touch and hold.
Imagemarsue
Sep 27, 2011 1:43 PM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
We have tons of acorns here thanks to the many oak trees in our yard. You can hear them falling constantly on the roof of the deck. Sometimes the little "hats" will get stuck on the pads of Gideon's (Schnauzer) feet. If he comes inside limping, we know it is probably an acorn top that is causing the problem.
ImageKelli
Sep 27, 2011 3:00 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Yikes! Ouch! Is he able to get them off himself or does he need your help?
Imagemarsue
Sep 27, 2011 3:55 PM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
He will bite at them but most of the time he isn't successful at getting them off so we have to do it for him. Friday never seemed to get them stuck on his feet but the pads on his feet were bigger than Gideon's.
tropicbreeze
Sep 28, 2011 11:22 PM CST
Here the trees are getting lots of flowers and fruits, in anticipation of the coming wet season. They seem to time it for the big rains so the seeds get a good start. There's been no rain for about 5 months but somehow they still seem to manage to get the energy to produce.
ImageKelli
Sep 29, 2011 10:27 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Zig, it's much the same here. I don't know how the plants survive the summer, let alone produce acorns and fruits in the dry season. (I know how the plants survive from a scientific standpoint, the features they have that conserve water, but it doesn't seem like that would be enough.)
Imagebillyporter
Sep 30, 2011 6:19 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Kelli and Zig, I was suprised at the weeds that grew druing our heat and drought. I wouldn't have expected it. Even the phlox rebloomed.
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageKelli
Sep 30, 2011 10:17 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Maybe my theology is off, but I see it as evidence that God is still working and holding things together.
Imagebillyporter
Sep 30, 2011 1:14 PM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
Kelli, me too. Otherwise, everything would just die out.
A small town has no secrets except itself
tropicbreeze
Sep 30, 2011 6:34 PM CST
That's what makes weeds weeds. Nothing seems to stop them, even when that nothing is no water, LOL.
Imagebillyporter
Oct 1, 2011 6:12 AM CST
Name: Sally
Nichols, iowa
I figure to get rid of the weeds we have to eat them. Then they will become scarce :o)
A small town has no secrets except itself
ImageKelli
Oct 1, 2011 9:48 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
That would do it. Either eat them or use them as biofuel.
Imagemarsue
Oct 1, 2011 10:50 AM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
Dandelions are edible and some people consider them a weed! Hilarious!
ImageKelli
Oct 1, 2011 10:55 AM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Or, dandelions are a weed and some people consider them edible. Hilarious! (too bitter for me)
Imagemarsue
Oct 1, 2011 10:58 AM CST
Name: Marilyn (Mau)
South-central Missouri-in the
Zone 6b
Never tried them myself but I understand the greens are good in salads.
Imagestormyla
Oct 1, 2011 11:13 AM CST
Name: Stormy
Valley Forge Pa
I Love MAM ~ So Happy Together
Very nice photos from your hike Kelli! Thumbs up
ImageKelli
Oct 1, 2011 12:16 PM CST
Name: Kelli
California
Where summer is winter
Thanks, Stormy

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