Henry Coe Backcountry Weekend - 4/23-26/2021

I wonder what the original name for this place is...

Henry Coe is my Happy Place, so I was thrilled to hear that they were doing the Backcountry Weekend this year, since, of course, it didn't happen last April. Much more limited in scope, which meant encountering even fewer humans, which is just fine with me. Since 2/3 of the park burned, I was really interested to investigate the burn areas, and it was fascinating. When they say that it was a "patchy" burn, they are not kidding, the landscape is a patchwork of green, brown and black everywhere you look, which seems very good for regeneration. And yet so strange... How is it that one patch of chamise was blackened, while the stand right next to it was untouched? How did half of a huge Oak burn and not the other half? And so many blue Oaks that totally burned, but now are leafing back out with the Spring. Their sap runs strong. But so many will be lost, I hope we get a wet year soon to get the next generation sprouting.

My main interest was in the plants coming up in the burn areas, and a few stood out. Whispering bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora) were starting to bloom all over the place, not in every burn patch, but in many of those that were chaparral, and I've never seen those there previously (really, hardly ever seen them anywhere before.) Then there were star lilies (Toxicoscordion fremontii), not as common as whispering bells, but scattered over some very extensive burnt chaparral areas. Unfortunately, most of them were past flowering, but a couple of patches still in flower, which were wonderful to encounter. Finally, fairy lanterns (Calochortus albus), also quite numerous in burnt areas, but more with trees, less with chaparral, and I was there just a week or so too early, since almost all of them were in bud, not bloom. Too late for most star lilies, too early for fairy lanterns, yet very cool to see both of them so very numerous. As usual, funky, highly variable Claytonia were also common in burn areas, as well as very large and lush manroots.

While there were many more flowers in general than I expected in this very dry Spring (yet less than there could have been post-burn with a wet Spring), one that really stood out were Chinese Houses. Dense, large patches of these in places I've hardly noticed them before, mainly associated with trail cuts and more wooded areas.

Otherwise, it was a fairly cool weekend, so no herps this time. And hardly any water in the creeks! I set up camp near Mississippi Creek, planning to use it for my water supply, only to then find that it's not currently a creek, but a puddle. And that puddle was teeming with pollywogs and waterskaters, I just couldn't spend all weekend drinking what little water they had left, so made sure to hike past springs on Saturday, which were flowing fine, and I wish I could have brought a bunch back to the 'wog puddle. Pacheco Creek, having several springs flowing in, was at least a series of puddles toward the top, flowing a bit as you go further and further downstream. So very dry! But also so many flowers (and species of flowers) along Pacheco Creek! A lot more than in past years, that whole North Pacheco Creek trail area burned, and that plus the creek beds being available territory made for a glorious, long walk.

My big disappointment was that my phone/main iNat camera was having an entropy wave, so I rushed out to get a new one before the Backcountry Weekend, thinking that surely the latest Galaxy (S21) would be even better than my old S8, only to find out that the S21 cameras entirely suck. Over-processed, no detail, rarely sharp, overblown color and intensity, look like watercolors, hardly any depth of field, just thoroughly horrible no matter what I tried. So I ended up spending so much time and effort documenting so many plants for 3 days, only to have pretty much every photo be very sub-standard and almost embarrassing to post, it's crushing. But dammit, I'll post them anyway after all that (once I have time to process them all), and try a different phone camera, hoping to find one that's sharp and with more realistic color, like my S8 used to be. I returned the S21 and got a Pixel 5, will be testing it out tomorrow, fingers crossed. So to anyone who might be tempted, do NOT get a Galaxy S21 for iNatting, or really any type of photography, the hype is a lie. And if anyone has suggestions for a good one, let me know. Yes, I have a DSLR, but it's big and heavy and no GPS and I'd really rather use my phone, if the damn makers would stop ruining things that work perfectly well.

Posted by newtpatrol newtpatrol, April 30, 2021 05:09

Observations

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Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 10:25 AM PDT

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What

Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 12:36 PM PDT

Description

Wow, were there a lot of these, commonly seen in areas of chaparral that burned last year.

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What

Streambank Springbeauty (Claytonia parviflora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 12:42 PM PDT

Description

Very commonly seen in areas that burned last year. And with such a variety of forms and colors!

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Winecup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 12:47 PM PDT

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Waltham Creek Clarkia (Clarkia modesta)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 12:52 PM PDT

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Common Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 12:59 PM PDT

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Abrams' Woollystar (Eriastrum abramsii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:03 PM PDT

Description

Often seen along trails in hilly, open, rocky chaparral.

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Fire Evax (Hesperevax acaulis var. ambusticola)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:05 PM PDT

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Dobie Pod (Tropidocarpum gracile)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:10 PM PDT

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Paintbrushes (Genus Castilleja)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:27 PM PDT

Description

This lovely white one was mixed in with a bunch of Castilleja exserta. Looks different, but I'm not sure if it's just a white variant or not.

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Purple Owl's-Clover (Castilleja exserta)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:27 PM PDT

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Downy Pincushionplant (Navarretia pubescens)

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Date

April 23, 2021 01:38 PM PDT

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Jeweled Onion (Allium serra)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:40 PM PDT

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Brewer's Ragwort (Packera breweri)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:45 PM PDT

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Whiskerbrush (Leptosiphon ciliatus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:52 PM PDT

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White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 01:57 PM PDT

Description

So many of these in areas that burned last year! Seen in quite a few places, almost all still in bud.

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Silver Lupine (Lupinus albifrons)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 02:16 PM PDT

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Wavy-leafed Soap Plant (Chlorogalum pomeridianum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 02:33 PM PDT

Description

A very large and robust soap plant, in an area that burned last year.

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What

Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 02:42 PM PDT

Description

Wow, were there a lot of these, commonly seen in areas of chaparral that burned last year.

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What

Common Star Lily (Toxicoscordion fremontii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 02:50 PM PDT

Description

Wow, were there a lot of these, commonly seen in areas of chaparral that burned last year. Mostly at the fruiting stage.

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What

White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 02:55 PM PDT

Description

So many of these in areas that burned last year! Seen in quite a few places, almost all still in bud.

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Blue Skullcap (Scutellaria tuberosa)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 02:58 PM PDT

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American Yellowrocket (Barbarea orthoceras)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 03:08 PM PDT

Description

At the top of a peak, in a rocky area that burned last year.

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Bird's Foot Cliffbrake (Pellaea mucronata)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 03:14 PM PDT

Description

At the top of a peak, in a rocky area that burned last year.

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Miniature Suncup (Camissoniopsis micrantha)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 03:17 PM PDT

Description

At the top of a peak, in a rocky area that burned last year.

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What

Mock Parsley (Apiastrum angustifolium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 03:25 PM PDT

Description

At the top of a peak, in a rocky area that burned last year.

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What

Narrowleaf Cottonrose (Logfia gallica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 03:42 PM PDT

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Woollyfruit Desertparsley (Lomatium dasycarpum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 03:48 PM PDT

Description

Commonly seen in areas that burned last year.

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Claytonia Sect. Limnia (Section Limnia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 04:16 PM PDT

Description

Very commonly seen in areas that burned last year. And with such a variety of forms and colors!

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Tomcat Clover (Trifolium willdenovii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 04:21 PM PDT

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Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 04:29 PM PDT

Description

So many of these in areas that burned last year.

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Foothill Desert-Parsley (Lomatium utriculatum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 04:33 PM PDT

Description

Commonly seen in areas that burned last year.

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American Wild Carrot (Daucus pusillus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 04:51 PM PDT

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Malachite Beetles (Subfamily Malachiinae)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 04:50 PM PDT

Description

On American Wild Carrot (Daucus pusillus)

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Waltham Creek Clarkia (Clarkia modesta)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 05:11 PM PDT

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Slender Woolly-Marbles (Psilocarphus tenellus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 05:29 PM PDT

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False Babystars (Leptosiphon androsaceus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 05:50 PM PDT

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Common Water Strider (Aquarius remigis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 06:05 PM PDT

Description

Mississippi Creek was Mississippi Puddle this year. Poor water striders and a bunch of pollywogs were limited to this large puddle, instead of the creek they're used to at this time of year.

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Seep Monkeyflower (Erythranthe guttata)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 06:17 PM PDT

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Deathcamas (Genus Toxicoscordion)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 06:19 PM PDT

Description

Along what's normally a creek, but just a series of puddles this year.

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Wavyleaf Paintbrush (Castilleja applegatei)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 07:05 PM PDT

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California Dwarf Sunflower (Helianthella californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 08:29 PM PDT

Description

I couldn't get close to these, they were down an iffy slope.

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Elk Thistle (Cirsium scariosum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 23, 2021 08:42 PM PDT

Description

I couldn't get close to these, they were down an iffy slope.

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Hillside Gooseberry (Ribes californicum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 07:54 AM PDT

Description

Stump sprouting after being burned last year.

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Jeweled Onion (Allium serra)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 08:01 AM PDT

Description

Several nice patches of Jeweled Onion this year, more than I've seen in the past.

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Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 08:02 AM PDT

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Miner's Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 08:06 AM PDT

Description

As usual, so many seen in areas that burned last year.

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What

Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 08:13 AM PDT

Description

So very many in quite a few places of chaparral that burned last year.

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What

Hall's Bush-Mallow (Malacothamnus hallii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 08:18 AM PDT

Description

Stump sprouting after last year's fire. They're never blooming during Backcountry Weekend.

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Bowltube Iris (Iris macrosiphon)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 08:38 AM PDT

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Mountain Phacelia (Phacelia imbricata)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:01 AM PDT

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Biscuitroots (Genus Lomatium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:05 AM PDT

Description

Commonly seen in areas that burned last year.

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Deervetch (Genus Acmispon)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:19 AM PDT

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What

Common Star Lily (Toxicoscordion fremontii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:30 AM PDT

Description

Wow, were there a LOT of these in chaparral areas that burned last year.

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What

Mock Parsley (Apiastrum angustifolium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:34 AM PDT

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Narrowleaf Goldenbush (Ericameria linearifolia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:38 AM PDT

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California Milkweed (Asclepias californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:42 AM PDT

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Lupines (Genus Lupinus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 09:55 AM PDT

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What

Common Star Lily (Toxicoscordion fremontii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 10:01 AM PDT

Description

Wow, were there a LOT of these in chaparral areas that burned last year.

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What

Short-flower Deervetch (Acmispon parviflorus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 10:03 AM PDT

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Dot-seed Plantain (Plantago erecta)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 10:08 AM PDT

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Common Star Lily (Toxicoscordion fremontii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 10:22 AM PDT

Description

Whoa! This was a very large area of chaparral that burned last year, with a scattering of Star Lilies as far as I could see.

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Chia (Salvia columbariae)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 10:37 AM PDT

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Furrow Bees (Genus Halictus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 10:48 AM PDT

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Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 10:48 AM PDT

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Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 11:18 AM PDT

Description

A large plant, around 3-4 feet tall, in an area that burned last year.

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What

California Manroot (Marah fabacea)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 11:25 AM PDT

Description

Commonly seen in areas that burned last year, and boy were they huge and lush!

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What

California Chicory (Rafinesquia californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 11:34 AM PDT

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What

Convergent Lady Beetle (Hippodamia convergens)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 11:36 AM PDT

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Spring Beauties (Genus Claytonia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 11:38 AM PDT

Description

As with other burn areas, Claytonias were common, and took on such a wonderful variety of forms and colors, such that I'm often not sure which species they are.

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What

Hall's Bush-Mallow (Malacothamnus hallii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 11:45 AM PDT

Description

Many of them stump-sprouting over a large area that burned last year. None in flower.

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Hawksbeards (Genus Crepis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 11:50 AM PDT

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Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:00 PM PDT

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Goldfields (Genus Lasthenia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:04 PM PDT

Description

Significantly larger than the Goldfields I usually see, could just be from extra nutrient, since they were in an area that burned last year?

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Scorpionweeds (Genus Phacelia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:12 PM PDT

Description

Small and slender, hard to photograph.

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Woodland Tidytips (Layia gaillardioides)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:15 PM PDT

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Seep Monkeyflower (Erythranthe guttata)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:36 PM PDT

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What

Fendler's Meadow-Rue (Thalictrum fendleri)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:38 PM PDT

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American Yellowrocket (Barbarea orthoceras)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:41 PM PDT

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Menzies' Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:45 PM PDT

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White Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii var. atomaria)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:50 PM PDT

Description

I love how variable their colors are.

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True Babystars (Leptosiphon bicolor)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 12:55 PM PDT

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False Babystars (Leptosiphon androsaceus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 01:01 PM PDT

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Lupines (Genus Lupinus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 01:07 PM PDT

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What

Gray Mule-Ears (Wyethia helenioides)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 01:10 PM PDT

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California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 01:17 PM PDT

Description

Wow were there a lot of poppies along this stretch of Pacheco Creek! Way more than in previous years during this weekend. The creek was mostly dry already, and this area burned last year.

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What

San Francisco Woodland-Star (Lithophragma affine)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 01:47 PM PDT

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Serpentine Leptosiphon (Leptosiphon ambiguus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 2021

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Bowltube Iris (Iris macrosiphon)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:02 PM PDT

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Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:06 PM PDT

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Gray Mule-Ears (Wyethia helenioides)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:13 PM PDT

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Common Fiddleneck (Amsinckia menziesii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:23 PM PDT

Description

This area was covered in a solid field of really tall fiddleneck, way more and taller than I've seen here the past few years, yet it's so dry, but it burned here last year.

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What

Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:15 PM PDT

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Longhorn Seablush (Plectritis macrocera)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:27 PM PDT

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Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:38 PM PDT

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Scorpionweeds (Genus Phacelia)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:49 PM PDT

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Distant Phacelia (Phacelia distans)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 02:51 PM PDT

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What

Clovers (Genus Trifolium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 03:20 PM PDT

Description

Very lush, along Pacheco Creek, which was dry already

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Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 03:25 PM PDT

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What

Common Water-Crowfoot (Ranunculus aquatilis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 03:50 PM PDT

Description

First time I've seen these bloom. So little water in Pacheco Creek this year!

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What

Slender Woolly-Marbles (Psilocarphus tenellus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 04:21 PM PDT

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What

Grayleaf Skullcap (Scutellaria siphocampyloides)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 04:25 PM PDT

Description

First time I've seen these, and I've hiked/camped right around here for the past few years at this time. A lovely large patch.

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California Mugwort (Artemisia douglasiana)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 04:33 PM PDT

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California Ash (Fraxinus dipetala)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 04:46 PM PDT

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Darkling Beetles (Family Tenebrionidae)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 05:29 PM PDT

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What

Blue Elder (Sambucus cerulea)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 05:41 PM PDT

Description

Stump sprouting in an area that burned last year

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What

Brewer's Ragwort (Packera breweri)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 05:43 PM PDT

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What

California Mustard (Caulanthus lasiophyllus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 24, 2021 06:10 PM PDT

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Rough Hedgenettle (Stachys rigida)

Observer

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Date

April 24, 2021 06:21 PM PDT

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What

American Wild Carrot (Daucus pusillus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 07:49 AM PDT

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Coast Tarweed (Madia sativa)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 07:55 AM PDT

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What

Waltham Creek Clarkia (Clarkia modesta)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 08:01 AM PDT

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What

California Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 08:47 AM PDT

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California Buckeye (Aesculus californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 08:57 AM PDT

Description

Stump sprouting in an area that burned last year.

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What

Ithuriel's Spear (Triteleia laxa)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 09:06 AM PDT

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Blow Wives (Achyrachaena mollis)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 09:08 AM PDT

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Biscuitroots (Genus Lomatium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 09:13 AM PDT

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Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:08 AM PDT

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What

Grayleaf Skullcap (Scutellaria siphocampyloides)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:15 AM PDT

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Mule Deer (Odocoileus hemionus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:24 AM PDT

Description

Two babies, hunkered down together in the weeds. I was surprisingly close to them for a while (checking out a yampah), didn't notice them until I almost stumbled upon them. One ran off, the other stayed right here. No mother in sight, I hope they were ok.

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California Yampah (Perideridia californica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:19 AM PDT

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Abrams' Woollystar (Eriastrum abramsii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:31 AM PDT

Description

As usual, on rocky exposed trails near chaparral, in an area that burned last year.

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What

California Yerba Santa (Eriodictyon californicum)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:35 AM PDT

Description

Very lush, large leaves! Stump sprouting in an area that burned last year.

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What

Slender Woolly-Marbles (Psilocarphus tenellus)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:50 AM PDT

Description

As usual, on rocky exposed trails near chaparral, in an area that burned last year.

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What

Narrowleaf Cottonrose (Logfia gallica)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:55 AM PDT

Description

Along with Woolly-Marbles and Eriastrum on a rocky, exposed trail near chaparral.

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What

Small Tarweed (Madia exigua)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 10:58 AM PDT

Description

On a rocky, exposed trail near chaparral that burned last year, with the likes of Woolly-Marbles and Eriastrum

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Brewer's Ragwort (Packera breweri)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 11:05 AM PDT

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Cut-leaved Crane's-Bill (Geranium dissectum)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 11:09 AM PDT

Description

Every now and then I feel like documenting the exotics.

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Creamcups (Platystemon californicus)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:19 PM PDT

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Forest Scurfpea (Rupertia physodes)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:33 PM PDT

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Whispering Bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:42 PM PDT

Description

As usual, lots of them in an area of chaparral that burned last year

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White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:44 PM PDT

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Bird's Foot Cliffbrake (Pellaea mucronata)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:46 PM PDT

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California Gilia (Gilia achilleifolia)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:47 PM PDT

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Carnivorans (Order Carnivora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:55 PM PDT

Description

Lots of similar scat along this trail

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Multinerved Catchfly (Silene coniflora)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 12:58 PM PDT

Description

Quite a few in an area of chaparral that burned last year. This is the only place I saw them in all my hiking that weekend.

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Common Star Lily (Toxicoscordion fremontii)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:05 PM PDT

Description

Once again, so many of them scattered in areas of chaparral that burned last year.

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:11 PM PDT

Description

I saw zillions of star lilies in burned chaparral that weekend, and every once in a while one would be covered in dark aphids.

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American Winter Ant (Prenolepis imparis)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:10 PM PDT

Description

Tending to aphids on a Star Lily.

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Dot-seed Plantain (Plantago erecta)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:22 PM PDT

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Abrams' Woollystar (Eriastrum abramsii)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:32 PM PDT

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Narrowleaf Cottonrose (Logfia gallica)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:34 PM PDT

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Red Brome (Bromus rubens)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:42 PM PDT

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Slender Woolly-Marbles (Psilocarphus tenellus)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:47 PM PDT

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Q-Tips (Micropus californicus)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:57 PM PDT

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Claytonia Sect. Limnia (Section Limnia)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 01:53 PM PDT

Description

As usual, lush and interestingly colored in an area that burned last year.

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Hairy Vetch (Vicia villosa)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 02:11 PM PDT

Description

So much of it along this trail. :-(

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 02:13 PM PDT

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Hawksbeards (Genus Crepis)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 02:18 PM PDT

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Purple Owl's-Clover (Castilleja exserta)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 02:29 PM PDT

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Lupines (Genus Lupinus)

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newtpatrol

Date

April 25, 2021 02:57 PM PDT

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