Monday, April 27, 2009
Nope, no scandalous pictures here. I did win 100 dollars at Cache Creek, but I did not photograph that event.
I did take some pictures on the drive up and back down.
There were still some wildflowers blooming, mostly in southern California.
Monkeyflower near Newhall Pass.
A few poppies around the Grapevine.
Further north, the drought conditions become much more evident. It is only April, but the grass is very dry in central California. Things actually look significantly drier than they do in Malibu.
There were a few dead orchards, probably due to water being turned off or becoming too expensive.
There is still some water in Orestimba Creek but it won't last.
My friends Julie and Rene have planted native/drought resistant landscaping at their new house, and I gave them some plants a while back.
Those plants are still small but the poppies are blooming!
Thursday, April 23, 2009
Monday, April 20, 2009
This storm rolled out of the mountains on April 10th and dropped some rain around Santa Barbara and Ventura. Unless we are really lucky, this was probably the last rain California will see until next fall. I might not see any more rain fall on California in a long time...
Sunday, April 12, 2009
The following eight pictures are from Rocky Oaks near where I live:
Leptodactylon californicum flowers
dried out Salvia mellifera
new Ceanothus crassifolius pods
new Malosma laurina leaves
Solanum xantii flowers
There were lots of neat mushrooms this year but unfortunately, now that the rain stopped, we probably won't see many more.
Chanterelles found under an oak tree, somewhere in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Wednesday, April 08, 2009
Soon I will have a zip drive and will be able to post pictures again. At the moment I can't get them off my computer at home.
There isn't really any new news, I'm still going to Vermont in July. I'm definitely really excited about it. Meanwhile I'll be vegetation mapping and working on restoration projects in the Santa Monica Mountains.