Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Rubio Canyon, site of many landslides Posted by Picasa

Mt Baden Powell as of last week.. still quite a bit of snow in places! The warm weather will melt it off fast, now. Posted by Picasa

Flannel Bush Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Big Rock Creek on the desert side of the mountains also beneifitted from the late rains. Posted by Picasa

Last Sunday night and Monday morning a rare late may storm moved into the area, bringing anywhere between .8 inches of rain in LA to 2.5 inches in parts of Malibu. This storm set records for late season rainfall... it also caused the creek behind my office, which was going dry for the summer, to fill with water again. The soils in the mountains got a good soaking from this overnight storm, which should keep the flowers blooming for a while longer. It also brought the yearly rainfall in LA within an inch or two of 'average' - which is a quite normal amount of rain to receive. This year, most of the rain fell in fall and spring and the winter was rather dry. Posted by Picasa

this is Granite Gate. Many decades ago, there was a railroad that went right up the steep south face of Mt Lowe (near Mt Wilson). The train is gone now but the old grade remains, along with this scenic roadcut. Posted by Picasa

'Dudleya cymosa' - a neat, relatively uncommon native succulent. Posted by Picasa

This is a Ringneck snake.. a rather rare species of small, non-venomous snake. In addition to the bright red ring around its neck, its underside is also vibrant red. I found it hanging out in a small seep.. good habitat for a snake whos preferred prey includes amphibians such as salamanders and frogs. Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Well, yesterday the clouds fizzled, but today they didn't. There were widespread afternoon thunderstorms in the deserts and high mountains, not much rain but plenty of lightning and wind. Unfortunately I wasn't in the high country but I did get some good views of the storms from the Santa Clarita area. Although Pasadena stayed rather cool, it was hot and muggy in Santa Clarita, and felt like the east coast. Posted by Picasa

The grass is still green above Castaic Posted by Picasa

Mariposa Lily Posted by Picasa

For the first time this year, a summer thunderstorm tried to grow.. however, it failed miserably. It got a bit taller than this but then it evaporated, I guess the air was too dry Posted by Picasa

Madrone leaves and sun Posted by Picasa

A grove of madrone trees in the San Gabriel Mountains.. this small grove is one of the furthest south in existance Posted by Picasa

Thursday, May 11, 2006

Orc Warrior VS Human Hunter Posted by Picasa

A curious squirrel Posted by Picasa

Be careful! May become hot! Posted by Picasa

Nostalgia Drag Race Posted by Picasa

First leaf on my cottonwood. maybe this means it isnt going to die Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, May 10, 2006

My tomatos Posted by Picasa

My flowers! Posted by Picasa

Saturday, May 06, 2006

Coreopsis, Chia, and Thistle Sage Posted by Picasa

Grey Pine and Coreopsis Posted by Picasa

Liebre Flower Ring Posted by Picasa

dead bells Posted by Picasa