Grant County Park - 5/5/2021

First time I've been to Grant this spring, and boy is it yellow! I did a loop around Halls Valley and Los Huecos, where the hills are covered in blooming Hawksbeard, zillions of them, which was awesome in a visual way, but very unfortunately I don't think they're native. It was by far the most dominant flower, but there were also a lot of yarrow, along with wine cup Clarkia, a few patches of poppies, and other usual suspects at this time of year.

While I didn't see anything particularly interesting in the burn areas, one commonality with other places I've been recently is there being lots of Chinese houses in the forested understories where it burned.

And a special treat was encountering several very healthy patches of Thermopsis, all in one particular area. They have an interesting scent to them, and such a glow in the sun. Oh! And two large turtles swimming in one of the ponds.

Where are all of the insects? I walked past a zillion Hawksbeards and yarrows (among many others) for several hours in the middle of a warm, clear day, and saw very few insects, just a butterfly here, a bumblebee there, so many fewer than I'd expect.

Posted by newtpatrol newtpatrol, May 06, 2021 04:37

Observations

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Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 09:50 AM PDT

Description

As elsewhere, lots of these in areas that burned last year

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 09:53 AM PDT

Description

Lots of yarrow on this hike

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Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 09:54 AM PDT

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Hillside Woodland Star (Lithophragma heterophyllum)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 10:04 AM PDT

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Purple Chinese Houses (Collinsia heterophylla)

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newtpatrol

Date

May 5, 2021 09:57 AM PDT

Description

As elsewhere, lots of these in areas that burned last year

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White Globe Lily (Calochortus albus)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 10:09 AM PDT

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Beaked Hawksbeard (Crepis vesicaria)

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newtpatrol

Date

May 5, 2021 10:10 AM PDT

Description

Vast fields of Hawksbeard! Beautiful and depressing at the same time. In areas that burned last year, but I haven't been here enough to know whether they increased with fire or not.

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Rose Clover (Trifolium hirtum)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 10:17 AM PDT

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Winecup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 10:20 AM PDT

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Ookow (Dichelostemma congestum)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 10:55 AM PDT

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Western Blue-eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 11:02 AM PDT

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California Goldenbanner (Thermopsis californica)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 11:07 AM PDT

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Dwarf Checkermallow (Sidalcea malviflora)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 11:34 AM PDT

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Sheep's Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 11:43 AM PDT

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Hawksbeards (Genus Crepis)

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newtpatrol

Date

May 5, 2021 11:53 AM PDT

Description

Vast fields of Hawksbeard! Beautiful and depressing at the same time. In areas that burned last year, but I haven't been here enough to know whether they increased with fire or not.

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newtpatrol

Date

May 5, 2021 11:57 AM PDT
Arachnids

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Arachnids (Class Arachnida)

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newtpatrol

Date

May 5, 2021 12:28 PM PDT

Description

Large hole with what seemed to be silk around the entrance. Tarantula? They do live around here.

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Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)

Observer

newtpatrol

Date

May 5, 2021 12:38 PM PDT

Description

Lots of yarrow on this hike

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Winecup Clarkia (Clarkia purpurea)

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newtpatrol

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May 5, 2021 12:45 PM PDT

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Yellow Mariposa Lily (Calochortus luteus)

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newtpatrol

Date

May 5, 2021 12:53 PM PDT

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