California Coast - Summer 2006

Flowers and sites from Salinas, Big Sur, Pinnacles Nat'l. Mon. in Monterey County, California (June 2006)
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1 In late June 2006 my husband, Ken, and I flew to San Jose, California for a birthday/family reunion. This photo shows the fog that blankets the Pacific coast on summer mornings. The water in the Pacific Ocean is so cold the moisture in the air condense...

In late June 2006 my husband, Ken, and I flew to San Jose, California for a birthday/family reunion. This photo shows the fog that blankets the Pacific coast on summer mornings. The water in the Pacific Ocean is so cold the moisture in the air condense...

In late June 2006 my husband, Ken, and I flew to San Jose, California for a birthday/family reunion. This photo shows the fog that blankets the Pacific coast on summer mornings. The water in the Pacific Ocean is so cold the moisture in the air condenses and thick fog is produced. When our family visited the west coast in July 1996 we told the kids that they would not be able to swim in the ocean because it was too cold. Our son must have not believed us because he took off running into the water. I'll never forget hearing him yell and come to a dead stop when his feet hit the water! 2603
2 The hillsides are golden with dried grasses in the summer, which can be seen even from the air. The squares of green are fields of produce.

The hillsides are golden with dried grasses in the summer, which can be seen even from the air. The squares of green are fields of produce.

The hillsides are golden with dried grasses in the summer, which can be seen even from the air. The squares of green are fields of produce. 1579
3 I photographed these <strong>Artichokes</strong> in a field in Castroville, CA. The plants look like large thistle plants.

I photographed these Artichokes in a field in Castroville, CA. The plants look like large thistle plants.

I photographed these Artichokes in a field in Castroville, CA. The plants look like large thistle plants. 1437
4 Salinas, CA
The next time you open a bag of spinach or carrots, buy artichokes, strawberries, garlic, or bunches of broccoli, you can thank these hard-working Hispanic farm workers. There are miles and miles of fields of produce where the workers plan...

Salinas, CA The next time you open a bag of spinach or carrots, buy artichokes, strawberries, garlic, or bunches of broccoli, you can thank these hard-working Hispanic farm workers. There are miles and miles of fields of produce where the workers plan...

Salinas, CA The next time you open a bag of spinach or carrots, buy artichokes, strawberries, garlic, or bunches of broccoli, you can thank these hard-working Hispanic farm workers. There are miles and miles of fields of produce where the workers plant, weed, pick and package the friuts and vegetables. 1584
5 <strong>Poison Oak</strong>
<em>Toxicodendron diversilobum</em> / Sumac Family
June 23, 2006<br>
This is one of a couple of plants that every visitor to California needs to recognize (the other is Stinging Nettle). Like its eastern relative, Poison ...

Poison Oak Toxicodendron diversilobum / Sumac Family June 23, 2006
This is one of a couple of plants that every visitor to California needs to recognize (the other is Stinging Nettle). Like its eastern relative, Poison ...

Poison Oak Toxicodendron diversilobum / Sumac Family June 23, 2006
This is one of a couple of plants that every visitor to California needs to recognize (the other is Stinging Nettle). Like its eastern relative, Poison Ivy, it can grow as a vine or a small shrub. It also contains urushiol, the itch-inducing oil that causes skin reactions in many people. In the fall, the leaves turn a beautiful red and orange, setting the hillsides ablaze in color.
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6 <strong>Oleander</strong>
<em>Nerium oleander </em> / Dogbane Family
San Jose, CA
June 23, 2006<br>
This plant is not a wildflower, it is a very popular tropical ornmental shrub. The flowers can be red, pink, or white. Oleander is a deadly poisonou...

Oleander Nerium oleander / Dogbane Family San Jose, CA June 23, 2006
This plant is not a wildflower, it is a very popular tropical ornmental shrub. The flowers can be red, pink, or white. Oleander is a deadly poisonou...

Oleander Nerium oleander / Dogbane Family San Jose, CA June 23, 2006
This plant is not a wildflower, it is a very popular tropical ornmental shrub. The flowers can be red, pink, or white. Oleander is a deadly poisonous plant, all parts contain the toxins oleandrin and nerioside. People have been killed by roasting hotdogs on skewers made from this shrub. The toxins, saponins, nerioside, oleandroside, and cardiac glycosides,are also poisonous to dogs, cattle, horses, goats, and sheep.
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7 <strong>Golden Yarrow</strong>
<em>Eriophyllum confertiflorum</em> /Aster Family
June 23, 2006
Hwy. 9 <br>
This was a "florally profitable" trip; I documented 142 different wildflowers, 67 were new to me. Golden Yarrow is very similar to Lizard Tai...

Golden Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum /Aster Family June 23, 2006 Hwy. 9
This was a "florally profitable" trip; I documented 142 different wildflowers, 67 were new to me. Golden Yarrow is very similar to Lizard Tai...

Golden Yarrow Eriophyllum confertiflorum /Aster Family June 23, 2006 Hwy. 9
This was a "florally profitable" trip; I documented 142 different wildflowers, 67 were new to me. Golden Yarrow is very similar to Lizard Tail, they were tricky to tell apart.


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8 <strong>Herald-of-Summer</strong>
<em>Clarkia amoena</em> / Evening Primrose Family
June 23, 2006<br>
I was very excited to find this beautiful flower blooming along Hwy. 9. I had seen another Clarkia, the "Elegant" variety, but it was blooming alon...

Herald-of-Summer Clarkia amoena / Evening Primrose Family June 23, 2006
I was very excited to find this beautiful flower blooming along Hwy. 9. I had seen another Clarkia, the "Elegant" variety, but it was blooming alon...

Herald-of-Summer Clarkia amoena / Evening Primrose Family June 23, 2006
I was very excited to find this beautiful flower blooming along Hwy. 9. I had seen another Clarkia, the "Elegant" variety, but it was blooming along the side of the road at an intersection and there was a Monterey County deputy behind us, I didn't think it would be the best time or place to jump out of the car and take a photo! Being carted off to the police station would not be a good way to start a trip!


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9 <strong>Bush Monkeyflower</strong>
<em>Mimulus aurantiacus</em> / Snapdragon Family
June 23, 2006
Hwy. 9, CA<br>
This plant grew <u>everywhere</u>! The hillsides above the Big Sur coast were bright orange with these flowers.

Bush Monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus / Snapdragon Family June 23, 2006 Hwy. 9, CA
This plant grew everywhere! The hillsides above the Big Sur coast were bright orange with these flowers.

Bush Monkeyflower Mimulus aurantiacus / Snapdragon Family June 23, 2006 Hwy. 9, CA
This plant grew everywhere! The hillsides above the Big Sur coast were bright orange with these flowers.


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10 Bush Monkeyflower - close-up
It is easy to see that this flower is in the Snapdragon Family.  There are numerous kinds of Monkeyflowers growing in the western states.

Bush Monkeyflower - close-up It is easy to see that this flower is in the Snapdragon Family. There are numerous kinds of Monkeyflowers growing in the western states.

Bush Monkeyflower - close-up It is easy to see that this flower is in the Snapdragon Family. There are numerous kinds of Monkeyflowers growing in the western states. 1506
11 On the first morning of the trip Kenny and I woke up at 5:00 due to the 3-hour time difference. We didn't have to meet at my cousin's house until 9:00 AM, so we decided to go to the beach. <strong>Salinas River State Beach</strong> was nearby, we drove...

On the first morning of the trip Kenny and I woke up at 5:00 due to the 3-hour time difference. We didn't have to meet at my cousin's house until 9:00 AM, so we decided to go to the beach. Salinas River State Beach was nearby, we drove...

On the first morning of the trip Kenny and I woke up at 5:00 due to the 3-hour time difference. We didn't have to meet at my cousin's house until 9:00 AM, so we decided to go to the beach. Salinas River State Beach was nearby, we drove there for our first of many visits to the shore. The fog was very thick, but we could still see some shore birds. This Curlew was working the surfline hunting for crabs and other crustaceans. 1418
12 I photographed this <strong>Long-billed Curlew</strong> (<em>Numenius americanus</em>) eating crabs in the sand at the Moss Landing Marina. Curlews use their long, thin beaks to extract crabs from the sand.

I photographed this Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) eating crabs in the sand at the Moss Landing Marina. Curlews use their long, thin beaks to extract crabs from the sand.

I photographed this Long-billed Curlew (Numenius americanus) eating crabs in the sand at the Moss Landing Marina. Curlews use their long, thin beaks to extract crabs from the sand. 1815
13 These signs along the beach were where a bird had eaten a sand crab; for some reason, the birds avoid the head. We found half-eaten crabs all along the beach.

These signs along the beach were where a bird had eaten a sand crab; for some reason, the birds avoid the head. We found half-eaten crabs all along the beach.

These signs along the beach were where a bird had eaten a sand crab; for some reason, the birds avoid the head. We found half-eaten crabs all along the beach. 1669
14 This large frond of <strong>Bull Kelp</strong> (<em>Nereocystis luetkeana</em>) had washed up on the beach. The round, hollow end of the frond keeps the end of the kelp frond near the surface. I was surprised to learn that 10% of the gas in the float i...

This large frond of Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) had washed up on the beach. The round, hollow end of the frond keeps the end of the kelp frond near the surface. I was surprised to learn that 10% of the gas in the float i...

This large frond of Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana) had washed up on the beach. The round, hollow end of the frond keeps the end of the kelp frond near the surface. I was surprised to learn that 10% of the gas in the float is comprised of carbon monoxide! The root-like holdfasts anchor the fronds to the rocks. Kelp (and other seaweeds) is not a plant, it is a type of brown algae in the Kingdom Protista. Some types of kelp contain chemicals such as carrageenan and algin, many people would be amazed to know that a lot of the foods they eat and their toothpaste contain these chemicals! Kudzu, the "vine that ate the South", has nothing on this kelp, it can grow up to 10 inches a day! It grows up to 115 feet long. According to the Monterey Bay Aquarium's website, the genus name, Nereocystis means "mermaid's bladder"! Who says taxonomists (people who name organisms) don't have a sense of humor! :) 1726
15 Fronds and a holdfast of giant kelp. This was a large wad of seaweed that had washed up on the beach.

Fronds and a holdfast of giant kelp. This was a large wad of seaweed that had washed up on the beach.

Fronds and a holdfast of giant kelp. This was a large wad of seaweed that had washed up on the beach. 1516
16 <strong>Beach Hopper</strong>
<em>Orchestia</em> or <em>Orchestoidea</em> spp.
When I picked up a bunch of washed up seaweed hundreds of these little creatures hopped around until they could bury in the sand. They hide under the seaweed to keep from ...

Beach Hopper Orchestia or Orchestoidea spp. When I picked up a bunch of washed up seaweed hundreds of these little creatures hopped around until they could bury in the sand. They hide under the seaweed to keep from ...

Beach Hopper Orchestia or Orchestoidea spp. When I picked up a bunch of washed up seaweed hundreds of these little creatures hopped around until they could bury in the sand. They hide under the seaweed to keep from drying out in the hot sun. This one was large as Beach Hoppers go, about 1 inch long. 1868
17 <strong>American Avocets</strong> (<em>Recurvirostrata americana</em>) are another common shorebird on the Pacific Coast, these were resting in a shallow slough in the Salinas River near the beach. The beaks of Avocets curve up, Curlews beaks curve down.

American Avocets (Recurvirostrata americana) are another common shorebird on the Pacific Coast, these were resting in a shallow slough in the Salinas River near the beach. The beaks of Avocets curve up, Curlews beaks curve down.

American Avocets (Recurvirostrata americana) are another common shorebird on the Pacific Coast, these were resting in a shallow slough in the Salinas River near the beach. The beaks of Avocets curve up, Curlews beaks curve down. 1824
18 It is uncommon to find whole <strong>Pacific Sand Dollar</strong> (<em>Dendraster excentricus</em>)
   shells, called <em>tests</em>, washed up on the beach, so we were amazed to see many of them in one area. This is a <u>true</u> Sand Dollar, it does...

It is uncommon to find whole Pacific Sand Dollar (Dendraster excentricus) shells, called tests, washed up on the beach, so we were amazed to see many of them in one area. This is a true Sand Dollar, it does...

It is uncommon to find whole Pacific Sand Dollar (Dendraster excentricus) shells, called tests, washed up on the beach, so we were amazed to see many of them in one area. This is a true Sand Dollar, it does not have the 5 holes found in Key Hole Urchins. These echinoderms are related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sea stars (a.k.a. "starfish"). The "doves" found in the inside of sand dollars are actually their "teeth"! Inside the living animal, they are arranged in the shape of a star in an organ called "Aristotle's Lantern". The live animals have a grayish-brown fuzz on the outside of the shell. The "flower" shape on the top of the test where the animals breathes. The little lines (channels) on the under side of the test funnel to a hole in the center, the mouth. Tiny feet move small pieces of food along these channels to the mouth. A second, smaller hole at the edge of the shell is the anus. The living animals should never be collected and removed from the water, dead urchins stink! I've seen stacks of dead urchins left on picnic tables at eastern beaches because parents wouldn't let their kids take them. I don't buy shells from shell shops, most likely the animals were taken from the ocean alive and then killed, "perfect" seashells are seldom found on the beach. 2757
19 The first morning that we walked on the beach we were excited to see these Sea Turtle tracks. We had arrived at low tide, it was obvious that the turtle had come out of the ocean during the night and returned to the water at low tide because there was ...

The first morning that we walked on the beach we were excited to see these Sea Turtle tracks. We had arrived at low tide, it was obvious that the turtle had come out of the ocean during the night and returned to the water at low tide because there was ...

The first morning that we walked on the beach we were excited to see these Sea Turtle tracks. We had arrived at low tide, it was obvious that the turtle had come out of the ocean during the night and returned to the water at low tide because there was just one set of tracks. Hopefully, the eggs will be unmolested by raccoons and other animals and in a couple of months the tiny hatchlings will make a mad nighttime dash to the ocean. 1552
20 <strong>Beach Primrose</strong>
<em>Cammissonia cherianthifolia</em> /Evening Primrose Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
This pretty little yellow primrose is a common beach wildflower. It has thick leaves with little hairs to help protect ...

Beach Primrose Cammissonia cherianthifolia /Evening Primrose Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This pretty little yellow primrose is a common beach wildflower. It has thick leaves with little hairs to help protect ...

Beach Primrose Cammissonia cherianthifolia /Evening Primrose Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This pretty little yellow primrose is a common beach wildflower. It has thick leaves with little hairs to help protect the plant from the harsh conditions of wind and salt.


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21 <strong>Beach Sagewort</strong>
<em>Artemesia pycnocephala</em> / Aster Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
Aaaack, "beach ragweed"! Like other ragweeds, these plants are wind-pollinated. Allergy sufferers beware!

Beach Sagewort Artemesia pycnocephala / Aster Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Aaaack, "beach ragweed"! Like other ragweeds, these plants are wind-pollinated. Allergy sufferers beware!

Beach Sagewort Artemesia pycnocephala / Aster Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Aaaack, "beach ragweed"! Like other ragweeds, these plants are wind-pollinated. Allergy sufferers beware!


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22 <strong>California Poppy</strong>
<em>Eschscholzia californica</em> / Poppy Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
That's a tough genus name to spell! These lovely flowers are planted along highways and grow in the wild. I'd love to go to Califo...

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica / Poppy Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
That's a tough genus name to spell! These lovely flowers are planted along highways and grow in the wild. I'd love to go to Califo...

California Poppy Eschscholzia californica / Poppy Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
That's a tough genus name to spell! These lovely flowers are planted along highways and grow in the wild. I'd love to go to California in the spring to see the colorful wildflowers and green grass!
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23 <strong>California Poppy with seed pods</strong>
<em>Eschscholzia californica</em> / Poppy Family
Note the interesting, distinctive seed pods.

California Poppy with seed pods Eschscholzia californica / Poppy Family Note the interesting, distinctive seed pods.

California Poppy with seed pods Eschscholzia californica / Poppy Family Note the interesting, distinctive seed pods. 1628
24 California Poppy

California Poppy

California Poppy


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25 <strong>Matilleja Poppy </strong>
<em>Romneya coulteri</em> / Poppy  Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
My uncle calls these flowers "Fried Egg Flowers"! They are very large flowers on tall plants, up to 6 feet.

Matilleja Poppy Romneya coulteri / Poppy Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
My uncle calls these flowers "Fried Egg Flowers"! They are very large flowers on tall plants, up to 6 feet.

Matilleja Poppy Romneya coulteri / Poppy Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
My uncle calls these flowers "Fried Egg Flowers"! They are very large flowers on tall plants, up to 6 feet.


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26 <strong>Calla lily</strong>
<em>Zantedeschia aethopica*</em> /Arum Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
It seems strange to see what my mother calls "funeral lilies" growing in the wild near the coast of California! They show up in some really...

Calla lily Zantedeschia aethopica* /Arum Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
It seems strange to see what my mother calls "funeral lilies" growing in the wild near the coast of California! They show up in some really...

Calla lily Zantedeschia aethopica* /Arum Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
It seems strange to see what my mother calls "funeral lilies" growing in the wild near the coast of California! They show up in some really out of the way places, like in the branches of this fallen tree.


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27 <strong>Coast Buckwheat</strong>
<em>Eriogonum latifolium</em> / Buckwheat Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
Buckwheats are quite common in the western states. Coast Buckwheat has silvery, spoon-shaped leaves which are located near the base...

Coast Buckwheat Eriogonum latifolium / Buckwheat Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Buckwheats are quite common in the western states. Coast Buckwheat has silvery, spoon-shaped leaves which are located near the base...

Coast Buckwheat Eriogonum latifolium / Buckwheat Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Buckwheats are quite common in the western states. Coast Buckwheat has silvery, spoon-shaped leaves which are located near the base of the plant.


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28 <strong>Dune Buckwheat; Sea-cliff Buckwheat</strong>
<em>Eriogonum parvifolium</em> / Buckwheat Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
Dune Buckwheat differs from Coast Buckwheat by having woody branches and numerous, smaller leaves that grow on...

Dune Buckwheat; Sea-cliff Buckwheat Eriogonum parvifolium / Buckwheat Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Dune Buckwheat differs from Coast Buckwheat by having woody branches and numerous, smaller leaves that grow on...

Dune Buckwheat; Sea-cliff Buckwheat Eriogonum parvifolium / Buckwheat Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Dune Buckwheat differs from Coast Buckwheat by having woody branches and numerous, smaller leaves that grow on the stems. The flowers have more pink than the previous buckwheat.


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29 The sand dunes along the California beaches are important barriers. Plants are essential for dunes, without them the dunes would blow away in the constant coastal breezes or wash away during strong storms. It is crucial for people to stay off the dunes...

The sand dunes along the California beaches are important barriers. Plants are essential for dunes, without them the dunes would blow away in the constant coastal breezes or wash away during strong storms. It is crucial for people to stay off the dunes...

The sand dunes along the California beaches are important barriers. Plants are essential for dunes, without them the dunes would blow away in the constant coastal breezes or wash away during strong storms. It is crucial for people to stay off the dunes to protect the plants, hundreds of footsteps will trample the roots and kill them. No plants, no dunes! 2024
30 Coast Indian Paintbrush adds a splash of bright color to the subdued dunes.

Coast Indian Paintbrush adds a splash of bright color to the subdued dunes.

Coast Indian Paintbrush adds a splash of bright color to the subdued dunes. 1661
31 <strong>Coast Indian Paintbrush</strong>
<em>Castilleja wightii</em> / Snapdragon Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
Thank goodness for good ID books, this group of flowers can be very hard to identify. The pretty red flowers add a real spla...

Coast Indian Paintbrush Castilleja wightii / Snapdragon Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Thank goodness for good ID books, this group of flowers can be very hard to identify. The pretty red flowers add a real spla...

Coast Indian Paintbrush Castilleja wightii / Snapdragon Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
Thank goodness for good ID books, this group of flowers can be very hard to identify. The pretty red flowers add a real splash of color to the sand dunes.


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32 <strong>Horned Searocket</strong>
<em>Cakile maritima*</em> / Mustard Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
This is a very common non-native beach plant.

Horned Searocket Cakile maritima* / Mustard Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This is a very common non-native beach plant.

Horned Searocket Cakile maritima* / Mustard Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This is a very common non-native beach plant.


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33 <strong>Hottentot Fig</strong>
<em>Carpobrotus edulus*</em> / Carpetweed Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
This plant is pretty when it blooms with its large pink flowers, however, it is highly invasive and covers large tracts of land. I no...

Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulus* / Carpetweed Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This plant is pretty when it blooms with its large pink flowers, however, it is highly invasive and covers large tracts of land. I no...

Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulus* / Carpetweed Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This plant is pretty when it blooms with its large pink flowers, however, it is highly invasive and covers large tracts of land. I noticed that in areas where this plant was very thick, no other plants would grow.


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34 <strong>Lizard Tail; Seaside Woolly-Sunflower</strong>
<em>Eriophyllum staechadifolium</em> / Aster Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
This plant grows all over the coast. It has silvery-looking leaves to protect it from salt spray.

Lizard Tail; Seaside Woolly-Sunflower Eriophyllum staechadifolium / Aster Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This plant grows all over the coast. It has silvery-looking leaves to protect it from salt spray.

Lizard Tail; Seaside Woolly-Sunflower Eriophyllum staechadifolium / Aster Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This plant grows all over the coast. It has silvery-looking leaves to protect it from salt spray.


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35 <strong>Blue Bush Lupine</strong>
<em>Lupinus chamissonis</em> /Pea Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
I photographed this plant growing at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. It was nice that there was a plaque nearby with the common and sc...

Blue Bush Lupine Lupinus chamissonis /Pea Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I photographed this plant growing at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. It was nice that there was a plaque nearby with the common and sc...

Blue Bush Lupine Lupinus chamissonis /Pea Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I photographed this plant growing at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. It was nice that there was a plaque nearby with the common and scientific names! There are so many different kinds of lupines, they can be tough to identify. The seeds of lupines are poisonous to goats and cattle. The toxins contained in the seeds are lupinine, anagyrine, sparteine, and hydroxylupanine. The big names are almost bigger than the seeds themselves!


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36 <strong>Yellow Bush Lupine </strong>
<em>Lupinus arboreus</em> / Pea Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
I found this plant blooming at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, which was nice, because it had a name plaque. I did see a lot of these...

Yellow Bush Lupine Lupinus arboreus / Pea Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I found this plant blooming at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, which was nice, because it had a name plaque. I did see a lot of these...

Yellow Bush Lupine Lupinus arboreus / Pea Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I found this plant blooming at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory, which was nice, because it had a name plaque. I did see a lot of these blooming in the wild along the coast.


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37 <strong>Silky Beach Pea</strong>
<em>Lathyrus littoralis</em> / Pea Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
I enjoyed seeing these pretty purple and white flowers blooming on the beach.

Silky Beach Pea Lathyrus littoralis / Pea Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I enjoyed seeing these pretty purple and white flowers blooming on the beach.

Silky Beach Pea Lathyrus littoralis / Pea Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I enjoyed seeing these pretty purple and white flowers blooming on the beach.


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38 We saw these <strong>Harbor Seals</strong> across the inlet of the marina at Moss Landing on another of our early morning beach excursions. It was fun to watch the seals slide into the water and then flop back up on the beach. Seals can often be heard ...

We saw these Harbor Seals across the inlet of the marina at Moss Landing on another of our early morning beach excursions. It was fun to watch the seals slide into the water and then flop back up on the beach. Seals can often be heard ...

We saw these Harbor Seals across the inlet of the marina at Moss Landing on another of our early morning beach excursions. It was fun to watch the seals slide into the water and then flop back up on the beach. Seals can often be heard or smelled before they are seen! There are differences between seals and sea lions --- seals have external ear flaps and they flop along when they exit the water; sea lions are the "circus seals", they have no external earflaps and they use their front flippers to get around out of the water. 1539
39 <strong>Branched Phacelia</strong>
<em>Phacelia ramosissima</em> / Waterleaf Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA<br>
I saw more than one type of Phacelia blooming in California.

Branched Phacelia Phacelia ramosissima / Waterleaf Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I saw more than one type of Phacelia blooming in California.

Branched Phacelia Phacelia ramosissima / Waterleaf Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
I saw more than one type of Phacelia blooming in California.


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40 <strong>Black Sage</strong>
<em>Salvia mellifera</em> / Mint Family
June 24, 2006
Moss Landing, CA <br>
This plant was very common along the beaches. I liked the way the flowers bloomed in round puffballs along the stems. I was surprised to find th...

Black Sage Salvia mellifera / Mint Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This plant was very common along the beaches. I liked the way the flowers bloomed in round puffballs along the stems. I was surprised to find th...

Black Sage Salvia mellifera / Mint Family June 24, 2006 Moss Landing, CA
This plant was very common along the beaches. I liked the way the flowers bloomed in round puffballs along the stems. I was surprised to find this plant growing in my uncle's yard which is in a canyon in Salinas, far from the beach.


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41 <strong>Yellow Sand Verbena</strong>
<em>Abronia latifolia</em> / Four-O'-Clock Family
Moss Landing, CA
June 24, 2006<br>
I enjoyed seeing these yellow flowers on the beach. This is the first wildflower in many of the books when it is listed by sci...

Yellow Sand Verbena Abronia latifolia / Four-O'-Clock Family Moss Landing, CA June 24, 2006
I enjoyed seeing these yellow flowers on the beach. This is the first wildflower in many of the books when it is listed by sci...

Yellow Sand Verbena Abronia latifolia / Four-O'-Clock Family Moss Landing, CA June 24, 2006
I enjoyed seeing these yellow flowers on the beach. This is the first wildflower in many of the books when it is listed by scientific name!


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42 <strong>Salt Heilotrope</strong>
<em>Heliotropium curassavicum</em> /Forget-Me-Not Family
Salinas, CA
June 25, 2006<br>
These flowers have an interesting blooming pattern, they have lots of pretty individual flowers.

Salt Heilotrope Heliotropium curassavicum /Forget-Me-Not Family Salinas, CA June 25, 2006
These flowers have an interesting blooming pattern, they have lots of pretty individual flowers.

Salt Heilotrope Heliotropium curassavicum /Forget-Me-Not Family Salinas, CA June 25, 2006
These flowers have an interesting blooming pattern, they have lots of pretty individual flowers.


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43 I got such a kick out of seeing this sign painted on the doghouse in Castroville, CA. I had to take it from the car, for obvious reasons!

I got such a kick out of seeing this sign painted on the doghouse in Castroville, CA. I had to take it from the car, for obvious reasons!

I got such a kick out of seeing this sign painted on the doghouse in Castroville, CA. I had to take it from the car, for obvious reasons! 1512
44 <strong>Beach Aster; Seaside Daisy</strong> close-up
<em>Erigeron glaucus</em> / Aster Family
Big Sur area
June 26, 2006<br> 
These were some of the pretty flowers that made up "cliffside gardens" of Big Sur.

Beach Aster; Seaside Daisy close-up Erigeron glaucus / Aster Family Big Sur area June 26, 2006
These were some of the pretty flowers that made up "cliffside gardens" of Big Sur.

Beach Aster; Seaside Daisy close-up Erigeron glaucus / Aster Family Big Sur area June 26, 2006
These were some of the pretty flowers that made up "cliffside gardens" of Big Sur.
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45 <strong>Beach Aster; Seaside Daisy</strong>

Beach Aster; Seaside Daisy

Beach Aster; Seaside Daisy


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46 A Natural Big Sur Cliffside Garden
There were numerous different kinds of flowers of many colors blooming on this cliffside. There was a lot of rain in the spring of 2006, which resulted in a spectacular wildflower show in the summer!

A Natural Big Sur Cliffside Garden There were numerous different kinds of flowers of many colors blooming on this cliffside. There was a lot of rain in the spring of 2006, which resulted in a spectacular wildflower show in the summer!

A Natural Big Sur Cliffside Garden There were numerous different kinds of flowers of many colors blooming on this cliffside. There was a lot of rain in the spring of 2006, which resulted in a spectacular wildflower show in the summer! 1526
47 This was one of my favorite photos of the trip! I was literally walking up to my waist in wildflowers at this stop along Hwy. 1!

This was one of my favorite photos of the trip! I was literally walking up to my waist in wildflowers at this stop along Hwy. 1!

This was one of my favorite photos of the trip! I was literally walking up to my waist in wildflowers at this stop along Hwy. 1! 1481
48 Another gorgeous Big Sur scene. We had stopped at pull-off on Hwy. 1.

Another gorgeous Big Sur scene. We had stopped at pull-off on Hwy. 1.

Another gorgeous Big Sur scene. We had stopped at pull-off on Hwy. 1. 1515
49 <strong>Dudleya; Live-Forever</strong>
<em>Sedum farinosa</em> / Sedum Family
Big Sur area, CA
June 26, 2006<br>
Sedums have fleshy leaves that store water. These plants grow only on cliffsides.

Dudleya; Live-Forever Sedum farinosa / Sedum Family Big Sur area, CA June 26, 2006
Sedums have fleshy leaves that store water. These plants grow only on cliffsides.

Dudleya; Live-Forever Sedum farinosa / Sedum Family Big Sur area, CA June 26, 2006
Sedums have fleshy leaves that store water. These plants grow only on cliffsides.


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50 <strong>California Wild Lilac</strong>
<em>Ceanothus thyrsiflorus</em> / Family
June 26, 2006
Big Sur Area<br>
These native shrubs with the pretty blue flowers are popular landscaping plants.

California Wild Lilac Ceanothus thyrsiflorus / Family June 26, 2006 Big Sur Area
These native shrubs with the pretty blue flowers are popular landscaping plants.

California Wild Lilac Ceanothus thyrsiflorus / Family June 26, 2006 Big Sur Area
These native shrubs with the pretty blue flowers are popular landscaping plants.


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51 <strong>Coyote Brush</strong>
<em>Baccharis pilularis</em> / Aster Family
Moss Landing, CA
June 24, 2006<br>
This plant is a small shrub that grows near the beach. Like many other beach plants, it has leathery leaves.

Coyote Brush Baccharis pilularis / Aster Family Moss Landing, CA June 24, 2006
This plant is a small shrub that grows near the beach. Like many other beach plants, it has leathery leaves.

Coyote Brush Baccharis pilularis / Aster Family Moss Landing, CA June 24, 2006
This plant is a small shrub that grows near the beach. Like many other beach plants, it has leathery leaves.


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52 <strong>Crystaline Ice Plant</strong>
<em>Mesembryanthemum crystallinum</em> / Carpetweed Family
Big Sur Area
June 26, 2006<br>
The juicy leaves of this plant seem to be constantly covered with drops of dew because of the tiny wet-looking nodules o...

Crystaline Ice Plant Mesembryanthemum crystallinum / Carpetweed Family Big Sur Area June 26, 2006
The juicy leaves of this plant seem to be constantly covered with drops of dew because of the tiny wet-looking nodules o...

Crystaline Ice Plant Mesembryanthemum crystallinum / Carpetweed Family Big Sur Area June 26, 2006
The juicy leaves of this plant seem to be constantly covered with drops of dew because of the tiny wet-looking nodules on them.


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53 Coast Indian Paintbrush, Seaside Dasies, and Lizard Tail.

Coast Indian Paintbrush, Seaside Dasies, and Lizard Tail.

Coast Indian Paintbrush, Seaside Dasies, and Lizard Tail. 1607
54 This little <strong>Western Fence Lizard</strong> (<em>Sceloporus occidentalis</em>) was tricky to photograph, it was very fast! We saw a lot of these little lizards on our trip.

This little Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) was tricky to photograph, it was very fast! We saw a lot of these little lizards on our trip.

This little Western Fence Lizard (Sceloporus occidentalis) was tricky to photograph, it was very fast! We saw a lot of these little lizards on our trip. 1768
55 <strong>Lizards tail</strong>
<em></em> / Aster Family
This is a very common roadside plant in central California.

Lizards tail / Aster Family This is a very common roadside plant in central California.

Lizards tail / Aster Family This is a very common roadside plant in central California. 1671
56 <strong>Mat-forming Lotus </strong>
<em>Lotus heermanii</em> / Pea Family
June 24, 2006
Seaside, CA<br>
This plant differs from Deer Vetch in that it is smaller and  has prostrate limbs.

Mat-forming Lotus Lotus heermanii / Pea Family June 24, 2006 Seaside, CA
This plant differs from Deer Vetch in that it is smaller and has prostrate limbs.

Mat-forming Lotus Lotus heermanii / Pea Family June 24, 2006 Seaside, CA
This plant differs from Deer Vetch in that it is smaller and has prostrate limbs.


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57 <strong>Pacific Gumplant</strong>
<em>Grindelia stricta platyphylla</em> / Aster Family
Moss Landing, Ca
June 24, 2006<br>
This plant gets its name from the sticky white "exudation" (as one of my books calls it) found on the leaves. One of my books...

Pacific Gumplant Grindelia stricta platyphylla / Aster Family Moss Landing, Ca June 24, 2006
This plant gets its name from the sticky white "exudation" (as one of my books calls it) found on the leaves. One of my books...

Pacific Gumplant Grindelia stricta platyphylla / Aster Family Moss Landing, Ca June 24, 2006
This plant gets its name from the sticky white "exudation" (as one of my books calls it) found on the leaves. One of my books states that the white substance discourages seed beetles from laying their eggs in the plants' seeds. The flowers are large, up to 2 inches across.


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58 <strong>Rigid Nettle</strong>
<em>Stachys rigida</em> /Mint Family
Big Sur Area
June 26, 2006<br>
This is a very common wildflower in California. It has large purplish-pink flowers.

Rigid Nettle Stachys rigida /Mint Family Big Sur Area June 26, 2006
This is a very common wildflower in California. It has large purplish-pink flowers.

Rigid Nettle Stachys rigida /Mint Family Big Sur Area June 26, 2006
This is a very common wildflower in California. It has large purplish-pink flowers.


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59 <strong>Sea Thrift</strong> close-up

Sea Thrift close-up

Sea Thrift close-up 1474
60 <strong>Sea Thrift</strong> 
<em>Armeria maritima</em> / Leadwort Family
Moss Landing, CA
June 24, 2006<br>
These are odd clusters of flowers. I found these blooming at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. I also saw this plant blooming along a fjor...

Sea Thrift Armeria maritima / Leadwort Family Moss Landing, CA June 24, 2006
These are odd clusters of flowers. I found these blooming at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. I also saw this plant blooming along a fjor...

Sea Thrift Armeria maritima / Leadwort Family Moss Landing, CA June 24, 2006
These are odd clusters of flowers. I found these blooming at the Moss Landing Marine Laboratory. I also saw this plant blooming along a fjord when I was in Norway.


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61 <strong>Milk Thistle; Blessed Thistle</strong>
<em>Silybum marianum*</em> / Aster Family
Moss Landing, CA
June 23, 2006<br>
This weedy thistle is very common along the roadsides and in the fields of California. I'm not sure how it got the name "Ble...

Milk Thistle; Blessed Thistle Silybum marianum* / Aster Family Moss Landing, CA June 23, 2006
This weedy thistle is very common along the roadsides and in the fields of California. I'm not sure how it got the name "Ble...

Milk Thistle; Blessed Thistle Silybum marianum* / Aster Family Moss Landing, CA June 23, 2006
This weedy thistle is very common along the roadsides and in the fields of California. I'm not sure how it got the name "Blessed", unless that was a nice way of cursing the plant!


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62 <strong>Acorn woodpecker</strong>
<em>Melanerpes formicivorus</em> 
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
June 26, 2006<br>
This comical-looking woodpecker visited us while my uncles, aunts, and cousins had a picnic at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Th...

Acorn woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
This comical-looking woodpecker visited us while my uncles, aunts, and cousins had a picnic at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Th...

Acorn woodpecker Melanerpes formicivorus Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
This comical-looking woodpecker visited us while my uncles, aunts, and cousins had a picnic at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. This one is a male, the females have a smaller patch of red on the top of the head. These woodpeckers make holes in tree bark, utility poles, and other wooden structures which they put acorns in for winter storage. (see following photos) My cousins and I got a big laugh when we were in Santa Cruz and we saw a black-haired young man with a red mohawk hair style; we thought he looked like the Acorn woodpeckers!
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63 These holes have been made by an Acorn Woodpecker to store acorns for the winter.

These holes have been made by an Acorn Woodpecker to store acorns for the winter.

These holes have been made by an Acorn Woodpecker to store acorns for the winter. 1472
64 I found this single Acorn in a hole in thick tree bark at the Elkhorn Slough Nature Preserve.

I found this single Acorn in a hole in thick tree bark at the Elkhorn Slough Nature Preserve.

I found this single Acorn in a hole in thick tree bark at the Elkhorn Slough Nature Preserve. 1506
65 <strong>Steller's Jay</strong>
<em>Cyanocitta stelleri</em>
These pretty relatives of the eastern Blue Jay are common visitors of yards, woodlands, and picnic areas. They are quite loud.

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri These pretty relatives of the eastern Blue Jay are common visitors of yards, woodlands, and picnic areas. They are quite loud.

Steller's Jay Cyanocitta stelleri These pretty relatives of the eastern Blue Jay are common visitors of yards, woodlands, and picnic areas. They are quite loud. 1895
66 <strong>Leopard Lily</strong>
<em>Lilium pardalinum</em> / Lily Family
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
June 26, 2006<br>
This was a wonderful surprise to see as I wandered down a creek bank after our picnic lunch at the park. I like the way the spo...

Leopard Lily Lilium pardalinum / Lily Family Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
This was a wonderful surprise to see as I wandered down a creek bank after our picnic lunch at the park. I like the way the spo...

Leopard Lily Lilium pardalinum / Lily Family Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
This was a wonderful surprise to see as I wandered down a creek bank after our picnic lunch at the park. I like the way the spotted petals and sepals curl back on themselves. The leaves are whorled on the stem.


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67 <strong>Stream Orchid</strong>
<em>Epiactis gigantea</em> /Orchid Family
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
June 26, 2006<br>
There were lots of these beautiful orchids blooming along the stream bank. The flowers are very large, thus the "gigantea" sp...

Stream Orchid Epiactis gigantea /Orchid Family Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
There were lots of these beautiful orchids blooming along the stream bank. The flowers are very large, thus the "gigantea" sp...

Stream Orchid Epiactis gigantea /Orchid Family Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
There were lots of these beautiful orchids blooming along the stream bank. The flowers are very large, thus the "gigantea" species name.


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68 <strong>California Figwort</strong>
<em>Scrophularia californica</em> / Snapdragon Family
Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park
June 26, 2006<br>
These are very odd little flowers. There is an eastern version of this plant too which I have seen in the Sm...

California Figwort Scrophularia californica / Snapdragon Family Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
These are very odd little flowers. There is an eastern version of this plant too which I have seen in the Sm...

California Figwort Scrophularia californica / Snapdragon Family Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park June 26, 2006
These are very odd little flowers. There is an eastern version of this plant too which I have seen in the Smokies.


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69 <strong>Yerba Buena; Oregon Tea</strong>
<em>Clinopodium douglasii</em> /Mint Family
"Good herb" is the meaning of the Spanish name for this plant. It is a creeping plant. I found it at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. 
Formerly known as: <em>Sature...

Yerba Buena; Oregon Tea Clinopodium douglasii /Mint Family "Good herb" is the meaning of the Spanish name for this plant. It is a creeping plant. I found it at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Formerly known as: Sature...

Yerba Buena; Oregon Tea Clinopodium douglasii /Mint Family "Good herb" is the meaning of the Spanish name for this plant. It is a creeping plant. I found it at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. Formerly known as: Satureja douglasii


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70 A breathtaking view of the Big Sur Coast with a breaking wave. The ocean was very calm on this day, it must be spectacular when the winter storms arrive.

A breathtaking view of the Big Sur Coast with a breaking wave. The ocean was very calm on this day, it must be spectacular when the winter storms arrive.

A breathtaking view of the Big Sur Coast with a breaking wave. The ocean was very calm on this day, it must be spectacular when the winter storms arrive. 1494
71 This <strong>Green Anemone</strong> (<em>Anthopleura xanthogrammica</em>) has its tentacles open. It was found in a tide pool. Anemones are related to jellyfish, corals, and freshwater hydras, like them, they have stingers called "nematocysts" in their...

This Green Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) has its tentacles open. It was found in a tide pool. Anemones are related to jellyfish, corals, and freshwater hydras, like them, they have stingers called "nematocysts" in their...

This Green Anemone (Anthopleura xanthogrammica) has its tentacles open. It was found in a tide pool. Anemones are related to jellyfish, corals, and freshwater hydras, like them, they have stingers called "nematocysts" in their tentacles for catching fish. 1766
72 When the tide goes out the anemone pulls its tentacles in and awaits the rising water. They are well-camoflaged in this state. Sea anemones feel "sticky" due to the nematocysts.

When the tide goes out the anemone pulls its tentacles in and awaits the rising water. They are well-camoflaged in this state. Sea anemones feel "sticky" due to the nematocysts.

When the tide goes out the anemone pulls its tentacles in and awaits the rising water. They are well-camoflaged in this state. Sea anemones feel "sticky" due to the nematocysts. 1437
73 <strong>Acorn Barnacles</strong> (<em>Semibalanus balanoides</em>) are arthropods that attach themselves to rocks, shells, pilings, and even whales and sea turtles. When they are submersed, they reach out for zooplankton with tiny arms.

Acorn Barnacles (Semibalanus balanoides) are arthropods that attach themselves to rocks, shells, pilings, and even whales and sea turtles. When they are submersed, they reach out for zooplankton with tiny arms.

Acorn Barnacles (Semibalanus balanoides) are arthropods that attach themselves to rocks, shells, pilings, and even whales and sea turtles. When they are submersed, they reach out for zooplankton with tiny arms. 1975
74 The <strong>Hole-in-the-Rock</strong> is an interesting formation at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. We enjoyed watching the waves crash through the large rectangular hole. Over time, it will get larger and larger and the large rock will become two.
...

The Hole-in-the-Rock is an interesting formation at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. We enjoyed watching the waves crash through the large rectangular hole. Over time, it will get larger and larger and the large rock will become two. ...

The Hole-in-the-Rock is an interesting formation at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park. We enjoyed watching the waves crash through the large rectangular hole. Over time, it will get larger and larger and the large rock will become two. map... 1570
75 Ken enjoyed looking for creatures in the tidepools at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. We had to watch where we walked so we could avoid stepping on the fragile animals.

Ken enjoyed looking for creatures in the tidepools at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. We had to watch where we walked so we could avoid stepping on the fragile animals.

Ken enjoyed looking for creatures in the tidepools at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. We had to watch where we walked so we could avoid stepping on the fragile animals. 1544
76 <strong>Large-flowered or Sticky Sand Spurrey</strong>
<em>Spergularia macrotheca</em> / Pink Family
June 26, 2006<br>
I found these pretty flowers blooming on a cliff at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. These flowers are much bigger than most othe...

Large-flowered or Sticky Sand Spurrey Spergularia macrotheca / Pink Family June 26, 2006
I found these pretty flowers blooming on a cliff at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. These flowers are much bigger than most othe...

Large-flowered or Sticky Sand Spurrey Spergularia macrotheca / Pink Family June 26, 2006
I found these pretty flowers blooming on a cliff at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. These flowers are much bigger than most other sand spurreys.


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77 <strong>Limpets</strong> are molluscs that live on rocks. They graze on algae. These animals move slowly, so they have to be able to clamp down on the rocks during low tide. The shells have a single hole in the top, making them look like tiny volcanoes.

Limpets are molluscs that live on rocks. They graze on algae. These animals move slowly, so they have to be able to clamp down on the rocks during low tide. The shells have a single hole in the top, making them look like tiny volcanoes.

Limpets are molluscs that live on rocks. They graze on algae. These animals move slowly, so they have to be able to clamp down on the rocks during low tide. The shells have a single hole in the top, making them look like tiny volcanoes. 1994
78 We thought it was interesting how this Sea Palm had attached its holdfast to a Blue Mussel! It had washed up on the beach. Most solid substrates in the low tide zone have some type of organism living on them, even organisms can have something living on...

We thought it was interesting how this Sea Palm had attached its holdfast to a Blue Mussel! It had washed up on the beach. Most solid substrates in the low tide zone have some type of organism living on them, even organisms can have something living on...

We thought it was interesting how this Sea Palm had attached its holdfast to a Blue Mussel! It had washed up on the beach. Most solid substrates in the low tide zone have some type of organism living on them, even organisms can have something living on them! 1418
79 We were amazed to see this Purple sand on the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. We traced it to purple-colored rocks in the cliffs at the surf line.

We were amazed to see this Purple sand on the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. We traced it to purple-colored rocks in the cliffs at the surf line.

We were amazed to see this Purple sand on the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Beach. We traced it to purple-colored rocks in the cliffs at the surf line. 1623
80 My cousin Sam, from New Mexico, is holding a clump of orange <strong>tunicates</strong> that I had found on the beach. It was growing on a clump of sea grass. Tunicates are a colonial animal that feed by filtering water through little pores.

My cousin Sam, from New Mexico, is holding a clump of orange tunicates that I had found on the beach. It was growing on a clump of sea grass. Tunicates are a colonial animal that feed by filtering water through little pores.

My cousin Sam, from New Mexico, is holding a clump of orange tunicates that I had found on the beach. It was growing on a clump of sea grass. Tunicates are a colonial animal that feed by filtering water through little pores. 1451
81 Close-up of the orange tunicates on seagrass.

Close-up of the orange tunicates on seagrass.

Close-up of the orange tunicates on seagrass. 1390
82 <strong>Sea Palms</strong>
<em>Postelsia palmaeformis</em><br>
These brown algae grow on rocks near the shoreline. It is possible to see them exposed at low tide. They look like small brown trees growing on the rocks.

Sea Palms Postelsia palmaeformis
These brown algae grow on rocks near the shoreline. It is possible to see them exposed at low tide. They look like small brown trees growing on the rocks.

Sea Palms Postelsia palmaeformis
These brown algae grow on rocks near the shoreline. It is possible to see them exposed at low tide. They look like small brown trees growing on the rocks.
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83 Multi-colored Seaweeds at low tide

Multi-colored Seaweeds at low tide

Multi-colored Seaweeds at low tide 1405
84 On June 27, our group went to Santa Cruz. We were excited to spot a group of sea otters floating in the seaweed far in the distance. I wish we had had a spotting scope, my little backpack binoculars just weren't strong enough to see the lively critters...

On June 27, our group went to Santa Cruz. We were excited to spot a group of sea otters floating in the seaweed far in the distance. I wish we had had a spotting scope, my little backpack binoculars just weren't strong enough to see the lively critters...

On June 27, our group went to Santa Cruz. We were excited to spot a group of sea otters floating in the seaweed far in the distance. I wish we had had a spotting scope, my little backpack binoculars just weren't strong enough to see the lively critters well enough. I propped my elbows up on the railing to steady my binoculars. 1416
85 Kayakers at Santa Cruz, California. As ususal, it was foggy when we got to the Santa Cruz area. We saw a group of people kayaking in the upper region of Monterey Bay. Not far from them was a "raft" of sea otters floating on the surface. California law ...

Kayakers at Santa Cruz, California. As ususal, it was foggy when we got to the Santa Cruz area. We saw a group of people kayaking in the upper region of Monterey Bay. Not far from them was a "raft" of sea otters floating on the surface. California law ...

Kayakers at Santa Cruz, California. As ususal, it was foggy when we got to the Santa Cruz area. We saw a group of people kayaking in the upper region of Monterey Bay. Not far from them was a "raft" of sea otters floating on the surface. California law states that people are not supposed to approach or harass otters, seals, or other sea animals. However, many of these animals are curious and they will approach the kayaks! No law against that! :) 1407
86 Surfing is a very popular sport in Santa Cruz. It claims to be the original "Surf City", but officially that honor goes to Huntington Beach. The water is cold along most of the California coast, full wetsuits are a must year-round. We were watching the...

Surfing is a very popular sport in Santa Cruz. It claims to be the original "Surf City", but officially that honor goes to Huntington Beach. The water is cold along most of the California coast, full wetsuits are a must year-round. We were watching the...

Surfing is a very popular sport in Santa Cruz. It claims to be the original "Surf City", but officially that honor goes to Huntington Beach. The water is cold along most of the California coast, full wetsuits are a must year-round. We were watching the surfers near a little lighthouse that had been converted into a surfing museum, unfortunately, it was closed the day we were there. We were surprised there were enough waves for the surfers to ride, the ocean was very calm the day we were there. 1496
87 We enjoyed watching these surfers taking lessons from this overlook on the cliff above the beach. The water was so calm, it was a wonder they could learn anything.

We enjoyed watching these surfers taking lessons from this overlook on the cliff above the beach. The water was so calm, it was a wonder they could learn anything.

We enjoyed watching these surfers taking lessons from this overlook on the cliff above the beach. The water was so calm, it was a wonder they could learn anything. 1353
88 After lunch we strolled through the amusement park along the Santa Cruz boardwalk.

After lunch we strolled through the amusement park along the Santa Cruz boardwalk.

After lunch we strolled through the amusement park along the Santa Cruz boardwalk. 1805
89 <strong>Botta's Pocket Gopher</strong> 
<em>Thomomys bottae</em>
We had seen piles of soil in many places when we were in California. When I asked if they were made by moles, my cousin Sam (from New Mexico) told me they were made by <strong>Pocket Go...

Botta's Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae We had seen piles of soil in many places when we were in California. When I asked if they were made by moles, my cousin Sam (from New Mexico) told me they were made by Pocket Go...

Botta's Pocket Gopher Thomomys bottae We had seen piles of soil in many places when we were in California. When I asked if they were made by moles, my cousin Sam (from New Mexico) told me they were made by Pocket Gophers. I said I'd never seen a gopher and all of a sudden this little guy poked his (or her) head up out of the hole! I said it was cute but Sam didn't agree. I guess they are like the damaging moles or groundhogs (woodchucks) that we have here in the east. 1763
90 <strong>Brass Buttons</strong>
<em>Cotula coronopifolia*</em> / Aster Family
Santa Cruz, CA
June 27, 2006<br>
I had seen these little flowers in Arizona in the spring of 2005 but I couldn't identify them. They are like little Fleabanes or Daisies w...

Brass Buttons Cotula coronopifolia* / Aster Family Santa Cruz, CA June 27, 2006
I had seen these little flowers in Arizona in the spring of 2005 but I couldn't identify them. They are like little Fleabanes or Daisies w...

Brass Buttons Cotula coronopifolia* / Aster Family Santa Cruz, CA June 27, 2006
I had seen these little flowers in Arizona in the spring of 2005 but I couldn't identify them. They are like little Fleabanes or Daisies with no ray flowers (petals). I found these blooming along a curbside in Santa Cruz.


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91 <strong>Statice</strong>
<em>Limonium spp.</em> / Family
Santa Cruz, CA
June 27, 2006<br>
Yes, this is the same Statice that is used by florists in flower arrangements! It was a fairly common roadside plant in the Santa Cruz area. I guess it is a "...

Statice Limonium spp. / Family Santa Cruz, CA June 27, 2006
Yes, this is the same Statice that is used by florists in flower arrangements! It was a fairly common roadside plant in the Santa Cruz area. I guess it is a "...

Statice Limonium spp. / Family Santa Cruz, CA June 27, 2006
Yes, this is the same Statice that is used by florists in flower arrangements! It was a fairly common roadside plant in the Santa Cruz area. I guess it is a "flower arrangement escape".


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92 This sea gull was standing on the dock just outside the restaurant on the boardwalk. The red spot on the lower beak is where the chick pecks to be fed by the parent. Yum, regurgitated fish!

This sea gull was standing on the dock just outside the restaurant on the boardwalk. The red spot on the lower beak is where the chick pecks to be fed by the parent. Yum, regurgitated fish!

This sea gull was standing on the dock just outside the restaurant on the boardwalk. The red spot on the lower beak is where the chick pecks to be fed by the parent. Yum, regurgitated fish! 1471
93 When I went on one of my morning walks in the field I found these snails on parade. They come out at night to forage for food.

When I went on one of my morning walks in the field I found these snails on parade. They come out at night to forage for food.

When I went on one of my morning walks in the field I found these snails on parade. They come out at night to forage for food. 1560
94 <strong>Alkali Mallow</strong>
<em>Sida hederaceae</em> / Mallow Family
June 29, 2006
Salinas, CA<br>
I found this plant blooming in a fallow field next the hotel where we stayed in Salinas. The flower had not fully opened by the time I took this p...

Alkali Mallow Sida hederaceae / Mallow Family June 29, 2006 Salinas, CA
I found this plant blooming in a fallow field next the hotel where we stayed in Salinas. The flower had not fully opened by the time I took this p...

Alkali Mallow Sida hederaceae / Mallow Family June 29, 2006 Salinas, CA
I found this plant blooming in a fallow field next the hotel where we stayed in Salinas. The flower had not fully opened by the time I took this photo around 9:30 in the morning.


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95 <strong>Bristly Ox-tongue</strong>
<em>Picris echioides</em> / Aster Family
Salinas, CA
June 27, 2006<br>
This plant was growing in the fallow field next to the hotel. It is an easy "DYC" ("darned yellow composite") to identify due to the strange w...

Bristly Ox-tongue Picris echioides / Aster Family Salinas, CA June 27, 2006
This plant was growing in the fallow field next to the hotel. It is an easy "DYC" ("darned yellow composite") to identify due to the strange w...

Bristly Ox-tongue Picris echioides / Aster Family Salinas, CA June 27, 2006
This plant was growing in the fallow field next to the hotel. It is an easy "DYC" ("darned yellow composite") to identify due to the strange white bumps on the stiff, prickly leaves. It was a very common roadside plant.


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96 <strong>Black Crowberry?</strong>
<em></em> / Family
This seems to be a Ceanothus of some sort.

Black Crowberry? / Family This seems to be a Ceanothus of some sort.

Black Crowberry? / Family This seems to be a Ceanothus of some sort. 1484
97 <strong>Blue-eyed Grass</strong>
<em>Sisyrinchium bellum</em> / Iris Family
Point Lobos - Carmel, CA
June 29, 2006<br>
These Blue-eyed Grass flowers are much larger than their eastern counterparts.

Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum / Iris Family Point Lobos - Carmel, CA June 29, 2006
These Blue-eyed Grass flowers are much larger than their eastern counterparts.

Blue-eyed Grass Sisyrinchium bellum / Iris Family Point Lobos - Carmel, CA June 29, 2006
These Blue-eyed Grass flowers are much larger than their eastern counterparts.


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98 On the road to Pinnacles National Monument we passed lots of vineyards. The mountains in the background keep the area much warmer than along the shore. It got up into the mid-90's when we went on our hike, mid-summer temperatures can get into the 110's...

On the road to Pinnacles National Monument we passed lots of vineyards. The mountains in the background keep the area much warmer than along the shore. It got up into the mid-90's when we went on our hike, mid-summer temperatures can get into the 110's...

On the road to Pinnacles National Monument we passed lots of vineyards. The mountains in the background keep the area much warmer than along the shore. It got up into the mid-90's when we went on our hike, mid-summer temperatures can get into the 110's. Whew! 1431
99 We had to make the obligatory tourist stop to photograph the Pinnacles National Monument sign. I had last visited this park in October 1994.

We had to make the obligatory tourist stop to photograph the Pinnacles National Monument sign. I had last visited this park in October 1994.

We had to make the obligatory tourist stop to photograph the Pinnacles National Monument sign. I had last visited this park in October 1994. 1562
100 <strong>Chamise</strong>
<em>Adenostoma fasciculatum</em> / Rose Family
Soledad - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
The wind was blowing pretty hard when I took this photo, so the flowers are a bit blurry. It seems like the weather has ...

Chamise Adenostoma fasciculatum / Rose Family Soledad - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
The wind was blowing pretty hard when I took this photo, so the flowers are a bit blurry. It seems like the weather has ...

Chamise Adenostoma fasciculatum / Rose Family Soledad - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
The wind was blowing pretty hard when I took this photo, so the flowers are a bit blurry. It seems like the weather has a sensor that detects my camera, as soon as I get it out to take a photo, the wind starts blowing! This is a common chaparral plant.


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101 <strong>Spanish Clover</strong>
<em>Lotus purshianus</em> / Pea Family
These little flowers were blooming near the Pinnacles entrance sign.

Spanish Clover Lotus purshianus / Pea Family These little flowers were blooming near the Pinnacles entrance sign.

Spanish Clover Lotus purshianus / Pea Family These little flowers were blooming near the Pinnacles entrance sign.


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102 <strong>Pinnacles National Monument</strong> preserves the plants, animals, and fabulous rock formations. This view was our first glimpse of the remains of the ancient Neenach Volcano that erupted 23 million years ago near Lancaster, California, which ...

Pinnacles National Monument preserves the plants, animals, and fabulous rock formations. This view was our first glimpse of the remains of the ancient Neenach Volcano that erupted 23 million years ago near Lancaster, California, which ...

Pinnacles National Monument preserves the plants, animals, and fabulous rock formations. This view was our first glimpse of the remains of the ancient Neenach Volcano that erupted 23 million years ago near Lancaster, California, which is 195 miles southeast. Actually, this is only half of the volcano, it left its' other half in Lancaster long ago as it slowly slid north on the famous San Andreas Falult. 1506
103 <strong>Blue Witch</strong>
<em>Solanum umbelliferum</em> / Nightshade Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
The "witch" part of the name of this lovely flower comes from the fact that the plant is toxic if eaten. It is...

Blue Witch Solanum umbelliferum / Nightshade Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
The "witch" part of the name of this lovely flower comes from the fact that the plant is toxic if eaten. It is...

Blue Witch Solanum umbelliferum / Nightshade Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
The "witch" part of the name of this lovely flower comes from the fact that the plant is toxic if eaten. It is related to the tomato, potato, tobacco, and petunia. It is poisonous as many of the other plants in the Solanum genus are. We made our first stop in the park at the parking area of the maintanence garage. There were lots of flowers to check out in the area.


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104 <strong>Pink Spineflower</strong>
<em>Chorizanthe membranacea</em> / Buckwheat Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
I saw only one of these plants, but that was enough to count! I had been entrigued by these flowers wh...

Pink Spineflower Chorizanthe membranacea / Buckwheat Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I saw only one of these plants, but that was enough to count! I had been entrigued by these flowers wh...

Pink Spineflower Chorizanthe membranacea / Buckwheat Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I saw only one of these plants, but that was enough to count! I had been entrigued by these flowers when I saw them in my Peterson's Guide. I was delighted to be able to see anything in bloom considering how late it was in the season. I ended up seeing over 30 different wildflowers in the park.


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105 <strong>Virgate Eriastrum</strong>
<em>Eriastrum virgatum</em> / Phlox Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This pretty little flower was a real challenge to identify, especially since I thought it was in the Bluebell ...

Virgate Eriastrum Eriastrum virgatum / Phlox Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This pretty little flower was a real challenge to identify, especially since I thought it was in the Bluebell ...

Virgate Eriastrum Eriastrum virgatum / Phlox Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This pretty little flower was a real challenge to identify, especially since I thought it was in the Bluebell family. I finally found it on a California wildflower website through a Google search. It was not in any of my ID books.


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106 <strong>Redspot Clarkia</strong>
<em>Clarkia speciosa speciosa</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
I saw four of the five species of Clarkias in the park. This one was blooming in the cool shad...

Redspot Clarkia Clarkia speciosa speciosa / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I saw four of the five species of Clarkias in the park. This one was blooming in the cool shad...

Redspot Clarkia Clarkia speciosa speciosa / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I saw four of the five species of Clarkias in the park. This one was blooming in the cool shade under a small shrub. The red spots on the petals make this one easy to identify.


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107 <strong>Farewell-to-Spring; Speckled Clarkia</strong>
<em>Clarkia cylindrica cylindrica</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This pretty Clarkia is a nice way to welcome the hot days of summer!

Farewell-to-Spring; Speckled Clarkia Clarkia cylindrica cylindrica / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This pretty Clarkia is a nice way to welcome the hot days of summer!

Farewell-to-Spring; Speckled Clarkia Clarkia cylindrica cylindrica / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This pretty Clarkia is a nice way to welcome the hot days of summer!


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108 <strong>Wine cup or Purple Clarkia</strong>
<em>Clarkia purpurea quadrivulnera</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
It is interesting how different the species of Clarkias appear. This one is mu...

Wine cup or Purple Clarkia Clarkia purpurea quadrivulnera / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
It is interesting how different the species of Clarkias appear. This one is mu...

Wine cup or Purple Clarkia Clarkia purpurea quadrivulnera / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
It is interesting how different the species of Clarkias appear. This one is much smaller and a darker purple than the others.


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109 <strong>Purple Owl's Clover</strong>
<em>Castilleja exserta</em> / Snapdragon Family 
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
These flowers were at the end of their blooming season, I was lucky to get to see them. I also saw thi...

Purple Owl's Clover Castilleja exserta / Snapdragon Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
These flowers were at the end of their blooming season, I was lucky to get to see them. I also saw thi...

Purple Owl's Clover Castilleja exserta / Snapdragon Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
These flowers were at the end of their blooming season, I was lucky to get to see them. I also saw this Owl's Clover when I was Arizona in March 2005. Large areas of these blooming plants create quite a spectacle. Formerly known as: Orthocarpus spp.


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110 <strong>Scoulers Large-flowered Campion</strong>
<em>Silene scouleri grandis</em> / Pink Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
Many of the other <em>Silenes</em> have flowers that are either white or red. I found this p...

Scoulers Large-flowered Campion Silene scouleri grandis / Pink Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
Many of the other Silenes have flowers that are either white or red. I found this p...

Scoulers Large-flowered Campion Silene scouleri grandis / Pink Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
Many of the other Silenes have flowers that are either white or red. I found this plant growing in the dry creekbed at the trailhead.


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111 <strong>? Navarretia</strong>
<em>Navarretia</em> species / Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
There are 5 species of <em>Navarretia</em> in Pinnacles. I am having trouble finding which one this is. It looks a lot li...

? Navarretia Navarretia species / Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
There are 5 species of Navarretia in Pinnacles. I am having trouble finding which one this is. It looks a lot li...

? Navarretia Navarretia species / Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
There are 5 species of Navarretia in Pinnacles. I am having trouble finding which one this is. It looks a lot like Skunkweed.


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112 <strong>Woolly Yerba Santa</strong>
<em>Eriodictyon tomentosum</em> / Waterleaf Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This shrubby plant was growing in a dry creekbed at Pinnacles National Monument. It had silvery leave...

Woolly Yerba Santa Eriodictyon tomentosum / Waterleaf Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This shrubby plant was growing in a dry creekbed at Pinnacles National Monument. It had silvery leave...

Woolly Yerba Santa Eriodictyon tomentosum / Waterleaf Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This shrubby plant was growing in a dry creekbed at Pinnacles National Monument. It had silvery leaves and tiny lavender-colored flowers. Thanks to my friend Sonnia, in Texas, for helping me identify this! When I found a photo of these flowers in a book, I realized these were drying up and not completely open, no wonder I couldn't figure out what it was! I don't know much Spanish, so I'm not sure about the common name; my guess is that is has something to do with "Saint's Herb" perhaps.


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113 The start of the Machete and Balconies trails is flat and quite easy, but it soon gets more difficult and a LOT more interesting! Here Shelly, Sara, Ken, and Sam head out to the rocks in the distance.

The start of the Machete and Balconies trails is flat and quite easy, but it soon gets more difficult and a LOT more interesting! Here Shelly, Sara, Ken, and Sam head out to the rocks in the distance.

The start of the Machete and Balconies trails is flat and quite easy, but it soon gets more difficult and a LOT more interesting! Here Shelly, Sara, Ken, and Sam head out to the rocks in the distance. 1462
114 This is a lovely view along a trail in the Pinnacles. It follows a creek bank for a short way at this point. 
<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=36.523984,-121.196365&spn=0.142087,0.312767&z=12&om=1&msid=1110484281629973674...

This is a lovely view along a trail in the Pinnacles. It follows a creek bank for a short way at this point.

This is a lovely view along a trail in the Pinnacles. It follows a creek bank for a short way at this point. map... 1605
115 <strong>Chaparral Honeysuckle</strong>
<em>Lonicera interrupta</em> / Honeysuckle Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This plant is not listed in the <u>Checklist of Plants of Pinnacles National Monument</u>, but the ...

Chaparral Honeysuckle Lonicera interrupta / Honeysuckle Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This plant is not listed in the Checklist of Plants of Pinnacles National Monument, but the ...

Chaparral Honeysuckle Lonicera interrupta / Honeysuckle Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This plant is not listed in the Checklist of Plants of Pinnacles National Monument, but the 2 honeysuckles that are listed don't match this one. It is not a vine, like the invasive, non-native Japanese Honeysuckle.


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116 <strong>California Buckwheat</strong>
<em>Erigonum fasciculatum</em> / Buckwheat Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
Yet another Buckwheat to keep up with! This one colored the valleys in Pinnacles NM.

California Buckwheat Erigonum fasciculatum / Buckwheat Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
Yet another Buckwheat to keep up with! This one colored the valleys in Pinnacles NM.

California Buckwheat Erigonum fasciculatum / Buckwheat Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
Yet another Buckwheat to keep up with! This one colored the valleys in Pinnacles NM.


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117 These California Buckwheat flowers were so pretty along the Balconies / Machete Ridge trail.

These California Buckwheat flowers were so pretty along the Balconies / Machete Ridge trail.

These California Buckwheat flowers were so pretty along the Balconies / Machete Ridge trail. 1604
118 <strong>Narrow-leaved Milkweed </strong>
<em>Asclepias fascicularis</em> / Milkweed Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>

Narrow-leaved Milkweed Asclepias fascicularis / Milkweed Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006

Narrow-leaved Milkweed Asclepias fascicularis / Milkweed Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006



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119 <strong>California Blackberry</strong>
<em>Rubus ursinus</em> / Rose Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This was a fairly common plant in central California. There should be a lot of blackberries in late summer!

California Blackberry Rubus ursinus / Rose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This was a fairly common plant in central California. There should be a lot of blackberries in late summer!

California Blackberry Rubus ursinus / Rose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This was a fairly common plant in central California. There should be a lot of blackberries in late summer!


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120 <strong>California Buckeye</strong>
<em>Aesculus californica</em> / Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
We saw this small tree blooming in many areas on the trip. The trees and their leaves are much smaller than their...

California Buckeye Aesculus californica / Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
We saw this small tree blooming in many areas on the trip. The trees and their leaves are much smaller than their...

California Buckeye Aesculus californica / Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
We saw this small tree blooming in many areas on the trip. The trees and their leaves are much smaller than their eastern relatives.


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121 <strong>Pacific Rattlesnake </strong>
<em>Crotalus viridis oreganos </em>
As I was looking at a plant growing on a large rock, Sara suddenly said, "There's a snake!" I looked at it from a safe distance and determined that it was a rattlesnake. Sam to...

Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis oreganos As I was looking at a plant growing on a large rock, Sara suddenly said, "There's a snake!" I looked at it from a safe distance and determined that it was a rattlesnake. Sam to...

Pacific Rattlesnake Crotalus viridis oreganos As I was looking at a plant growing on a large rock, Sara suddenly said, "There's a snake!" I looked at it from a safe distance and determined that it was a rattlesnake. Sam touched it with a long stick and we heard the distinctive buzzing sound of the rattle. It was the first time I have ever heard a rattlesnake! Cool! 1879
122 <strong>Hoary Stinging Nettle </strong>
<em>Urtica dioica holosericea</em> / Nettle Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This is one plant that every hiker should learn to identify from a distance, it will "bite!" The ...

Hoary Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica holosericea / Nettle Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This is one plant that every hiker should learn to identify from a distance, it will "bite!" The ...

Hoary Stinging Nettle Urtica dioica holosericea / Nettle Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This is one plant that every hiker should learn to identify from a distance, it will "bite!" The little toxin-containing glass-like hairs will break off in skin, causing extreme pain. I know from experience! The toxins include histamine, acetylcholine, and 5-hydroxytryptamine.


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123 This bright <strong>Orange Lichen</strong> was growing on the rocks along the trail.

This bright Orange Lichen was growing on the rocks along the trail.

This bright Orange Lichen was growing on the rocks along the trail. 1498
124 Sara, her husband Sam (my cousin) and their daughter, Shelly, get ready to squeeze through the boulders on the Balconies trail.

Sara, her husband Sam (my cousin) and their daughter, Shelly, get ready to squeeze through the boulders on the Balconies trail.

Sara, her husband Sam (my cousin) and their daughter, Shelly, get ready to squeeze through the boulders on the Balconies trail. 1321
125 Ken took this photo of me going through the gate that blocks the "cave area" of the trail. I learned that the gate was put there to protect roosting bats.

Ken took this photo of me going through the gate that blocks the "cave area" of the trail. I learned that the gate was put there to protect roosting bats.

Ken took this photo of me going through the gate that blocks the "cave area" of the trail. I learned that the gate was put there to protect roosting bats. 1320
126 Ken ducks his head to get under this large boulder that was wedged between the rocks along the trail. This is <u>not</u> a good trail for the claustrophobic!

Ken ducks his head to get under this large boulder that was wedged between the rocks along the trail. This is not a good trail for the claustrophobic!

Ken ducks his head to get under this large boulder that was wedged between the rocks along the trail. This is not a good trail for the claustrophobic! 1306
127 We took a lunch break in the cool shade of this small cave. It was fun to watch the bats dart in and out of the entrance. Left to right - Ken, Shelly, Sara, and Sam.

We took a lunch break in the cool shade of this small cave. It was fun to watch the bats dart in and out of the entrance. Left to right - Ken, Shelly, Sara, and Sam.

We took a lunch break in the cool shade of this small cave. It was fun to watch the bats dart in and out of the entrance. Left to right - Ken, Shelly, Sara, and Sam. 1292
128 <strong>California Condor</strong>
<em>Gymnogyps californianus </em> 
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
Several pairs of these endangered birds were released in the Pinnacles several years ago. We saw 7 or 8 of these majes...

California Condor Gymnogyps californianus Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
Several pairs of these endangered birds were released in the Pinnacles several years ago. We saw 7 or 8 of these majes...

California Condor Gymnogyps californianus Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
Several pairs of these endangered birds were released in the Pinnacles several years ago. We saw 7 or 8 of these majestic birds soaring high above the cliffs where they nest. These are the birds the natives of the west called "Thunderbirds" (as in the Ford cars!). We were thrilled to see them!
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129 There were huge Boulders along the Machete Ridge trail in the Pinnacles, they reminded me of the glacial erratics that we saw in Yosemite and Acadia National parks. The only difference is that these were not deposited by retreating glaciers. These boul...

There were huge Boulders along the Machete Ridge trail in the Pinnacles, they reminded me of the glacial erratics that we saw in Yosemite and Acadia National parks. The only difference is that these were not deposited by retreating glaciers. These boul...

There were huge Boulders along the Machete Ridge trail in the Pinnacles, they reminded me of the glacial erratics that we saw in Yosemite and Acadia National parks. The only difference is that these were not deposited by retreating glaciers. These boulders are made of volcanic rock. 1366
130 This little oasis was a nice treat to find after wriggling through the larger cave. We knew better than to drink the inviting, cool water. We only dipped our bandanas in it to cool ourselves. No matter how clean "wild" water may appear, it is important...

This little oasis was a nice treat to find after wriggling through the larger cave. We knew better than to drink the inviting, cool water. We only dipped our bandanas in it to cool ourselves. No matter how clean "wild" water may appear, it is important...

This little oasis was a nice treat to find after wriggling through the larger cave. We knew better than to drink the inviting, cool water. We only dipped our bandanas in it to cool ourselves. No matter how clean "wild" water may appear, it is important not to drink it; bacteria and parasites (Giardia especially)can make a thirsty hiker very sick. 1316
131 <strong>Scarlet Monkeyflower</strong>
<em>Mimulus cardinalis</em> / Snapdragon Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This was an added treat that we enjoyed at the oasis at the bottom of the cliff near the cave. These b...

Scarlet Monkeyflower Mimulus cardinalis / Snapdragon Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This was an added treat that we enjoyed at the oasis at the bottom of the cliff near the cave. These b...

Scarlet Monkeyflower Mimulus cardinalis / Snapdragon Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This was an added treat that we enjoyed at the oasis at the bottom of the cliff near the cave. These bright red flowers were large and very pretty.


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132 <strong>Yawning Penstemon </strong>
<em>Keckiella breviflora</em> / Snapdragon Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
This is a very strange looking penstemon. At first I thought it was a type of mint. I enjoy the challe...

Yawning Penstemon Keckiella breviflora / Snapdragon Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This is a very strange looking penstemon. At first I thought it was a type of mint. I enjoy the challe...

Yawning Penstemon Keckiella breviflora / Snapdragon Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
This is a very strange looking penstemon. At first I thought it was a type of mint. I enjoy the challenge of going to a new area to try and identify different flowers!


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133 <strong>White Hedge Nettle</strong>
<em>Stachys albens</em> / Rose Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
I found this Hedge Nettle growing along a wet area along a spring-fed stream in the Pinnacles. The plants were abo...

White Hedge Nettle Stachys albens / Rose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I found this Hedge Nettle growing along a wet area along a spring-fed stream in the Pinnacles. The plants were abo...

White Hedge Nettle Stachys albens / Rose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I found this Hedge Nettle growing along a wet area along a spring-fed stream in the Pinnacles. The plants were about 5 - 6 feet tall and had very woolly stems and leaves. It was easy to tell it was in the mint family because of the shape of the flowers, the opposite leaves, and the square stems. Thanks to Sonnia for her help on this one too!


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134 <strong>Coyote Mint</strong>
<em>Monardella villosa</em> / Mint Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
I have a photo of this plant on my Yosemite gallery too. These plants have very aromatic leaves and clusters of prett...

Coyote Mint Monardella villosa / Mint Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I have a photo of this plant on my Yosemite gallery too. These plants have very aromatic leaves and clusters of prett...

Coyote Mint Monardella villosa / Mint Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
I have a photo of this plant on my Yosemite gallery too. These plants have very aromatic leaves and clusters of pretty purple flowers.
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135 <strong>Common Goldstar</strong>
<em>Bloomeria crocea</em> / Amaryllis Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument
June 28, 2006<br>
We had just walked down from a long, hot trail when Sara spotted these flowers. It was a big help to have an e...

Common Goldstar Bloomeria crocea / Amaryllis Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
We had just walked down from a long, hot trail when Sara spotted these flowers. It was a big help to have an e...

Common Goldstar Bloomeria crocea / Amaryllis Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles National Monument June 28, 2006
We had just walked down from a long, hot trail when Sara spotted these flowers. It was a big help to have an extra set of "interested" eyes to aid in finding flowers (no offense to the rest of the family, but the other 3 sets were pretty oblivious to anything on the ground or off the trail)! Ha! These flowers look a lot like the Coast Pretty Face that we saw at Pt. Lobos State Preserve two days later.


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136 <strong>California Wild Rose</strong>
<em>Rosa californica</em> / Rose Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM
June 28, 2006<br>
These bushes grew fairly large. I found this one blooming along a dry creek bed in the national monument.

California Wild Rose Rosa californica / Rose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM June 28, 2006
These bushes grew fairly large. I found this one blooming along a dry creek bed in the national monument.

California Wild Rose Rosa californica / Rose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM June 28, 2006
These bushes grew fairly large. I found this one blooming along a dry creek bed in the national monument.


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137 <strong>Venus Thistle</strong>
<em>Cirsium occidentale venustum</em> / Aster Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM
June 28, 2006<br>
This thistle is closely related to the Cobweb Thistle <em>Cirsium occidentale</em>, which gets its name from the cobweb...

Venus Thistle Cirsium occidentale venustum / Aster Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM June 28, 2006
This thistle is closely related to the Cobweb Thistle Cirsium occidentale, which gets its name from the cobweb...

Venus Thistle Cirsium occidentale venustum / Aster Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM June 28, 2006
This thistle is closely related to the Cobweb Thistle Cirsium occidentale, which gets its name from the cobwebby white hairs on the prickly bracts.


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138 <strong>Elegant Clarkia</strong>
<em>Clarkia unguiculata</em> / Evening Primrose Family
Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM
June 28, 2006<br>
This is a very unusual looking flower with strange, deeply cut petals. Note the fuzzy white pistil.

Elegant Clarkia Clarkia unguiculata / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM June 28, 2006
This is a very unusual looking flower with strange, deeply cut petals. Note the fuzzy white pistil.

Elegant Clarkia Clarkia unguiculata / Evening Primrose Family Soledad, CA - Pinnacles NM June 28, 2006
This is a very unusual looking flower with strange, deeply cut petals. Note the fuzzy white pistil.


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139 Another view of <strong>Elegant Clarkia</strong>.

Another view of Elegant Clarkia.

Another view of Elegant Clarkia. 1422
140 <strong>California Honeysuckle</strong>
<em>Lonicera hispidula</em> / Honeysuckle Family
Pacific Grove, California
June 29, 2006<br>
We were trying to get to Pebble Beach and couldn't figure out where to turn off Hwy. 101. When Ken stopped to ask d...

California Honeysuckle Lonicera hispidula / Honeysuckle Family Pacific Grove, California June 29, 2006
We were trying to get to Pebble Beach and couldn't figure out where to turn off Hwy. 101. When Ken stopped to ask d...

California Honeysuckle Lonicera hispidula / Honeysuckle Family Pacific Grove, California June 29, 2006
We were trying to get to Pebble Beach and couldn't figure out where to turn off Hwy. 101. When Ken stopped to ask directions from a lady, I spotted this flower and jumped out to photograph it.


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141 Hilary, the lady from the previous photo turned out to be a resident of Pebble Beach. She took us on a tour of the Beach Club and here to the 18th green of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. We are not golfers, but even if we were we couldn't have pl...

Hilary, the lady from the previous photo turned out to be a resident of Pebble Beach. She took us on a tour of the Beach Club and here to the 18th green of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. We are not golfers, but even if we were we couldn't have pl...

Hilary, the lady from the previous photo turned out to be a resident of Pebble Beach. She took us on a tour of the Beach Club and here to the 18th green of the famous Pebble Beach Golf Course. We are not golfers, but even if we were we couldn't have played here --- the greens fees are $500! And I thought snow skiing was expensive! 1386
142 We didn't stay at Pebble Beach for long because we wanted to go to Pt. Lobos State Preserve. At $9.00 for the entrance fee, we barely got our money's worth, since we could only stay for about an hour. However, gorgeous views like this one made it worth...

We didn't stay at Pebble Beach for long because we wanted to go to Pt. Lobos State Preserve. At $9.00 for the entrance fee, we barely got our money's worth, since we could only stay for about an hour. However, gorgeous views like this one made it worth...

We didn't stay at Pebble Beach for long because we wanted to go to Pt. Lobos State Preserve. At $9.00 for the entrance fee, we barely got our money's worth, since we could only stay for about an hour. However, gorgeous views like this one made it worth the fee! map... 1579
143 Seaweed, like this giant kelp, grows very close to the shore. Scuba divers can get permits to dive here. It would be fascinating to dive in a place to see the fish, algae, and other organisms.

Seaweed, like this giant kelp, grows very close to the shore. Scuba divers can get permits to dive here. It would be fascinating to dive in a place to see the fish, algae, and other organisms.

Seaweed, like this giant kelp, grows very close to the shore. Scuba divers can get permits to dive here. It would be fascinating to dive in a place to see the fish, algae, and other organisms. 1368
144 We enjoyed watching this harbor seal as it swam around the rock. Another seal was sleeping on top of the rock. They are quite well camoflaged, so they can be a challenge to see.

We enjoyed watching this harbor seal as it swam around the rock. Another seal was sleeping on top of the rock. They are quite well camoflaged, so they can be a challenge to see.

We enjoyed watching this harbor seal as it swam around the rock. Another seal was sleeping on top of the rock. They are quite well camoflaged, so they can be a challenge to see. 1225
145 This <strong>Harbor Seal</strong> (<em>Phoca vitulina</em>) was resting on the large rock below the cliffs of Pt. Lobos. The name of the preserve comes from the seals which are known as "Wolves of the Sea", "Lobos" means wolf in Spanish.

This Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) was resting on the large rock below the cliffs of Pt. Lobos. The name of the preserve comes from the seals which are known as "Wolves of the Sea", "Lobos" means wolf in Spanish.

This Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina) was resting on the large rock below the cliffs of Pt. Lobos. The name of the preserve comes from the seals which are known as "Wolves of the Sea", "Lobos" means wolf in Spanish. 1535
146 These Harbor Seals were hauled out on the rocks off the point. We counted a total of 32 seals on the rocks.

These Harbor Seals were hauled out on the rocks off the point. We counted a total of 32 seals on the rocks.

These Harbor Seals were hauled out on the rocks off the point. We counted a total of 32 seals on the rocks. 1272
147 <strong>Coast Pretty Face</strong>
<em>Triteleia ixioides</em> / Amaryllis Family
Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve
June 29, 2006<br>
This was one of those, "Stop the car NOW, I've got to get out to take a picture!" flowers. Fortunately, it was...

Coast Pretty Face Triteleia ixioides / Amaryllis Family Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve June 29, 2006
This was one of those, "Stop the car NOW, I've got to get out to take a picture!" flowers. Fortunately, it was...

Coast Pretty Face Triteleia ixioides / Amaryllis Family Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve June 29, 2006
This was one of those, "Stop the car NOW, I've got to get out to take a picture!" flowers. Fortunately, it was in a place where we could stop safely. My cousin's wife, Sara and 12 year-old daughter, Shelly, were used to me saying that to my husband after spending the week with us, so they just laughed! I like the name of this flower, it really does have a pretty face! It looked similar to the Common Goldstar that Sara and I saw in the Pinnacles.


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148 <strong>Dwarf Brodiaea; Earth Brodiaea</strong>
<em>Brodiaea terrestris terrestris</em> / Amaryllis Family
Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve
June 29, 2006<br>
This little flower was a nice surprise to find when I was photographing the Coast Pre...

Dwarf Brodiaea; Earth Brodiaea Brodiaea terrestris terrestris / Amaryllis Family Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve June 29, 2006
This little flower was a nice surprise to find when I was photographing the Coast Pre...

Dwarf Brodiaea; Earth Brodiaea Brodiaea terrestris terrestris / Amaryllis Family Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve June 29, 2006
This little flower was a nice surprise to find when I was photographing the Coast Pretty Face. These are one of those plants that would not be seen from the car, they grow on the ground directly from the bulb.


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149 <strong>Menzies Rattleweed</strong>
<em>Astragalus nuttallii</em> / Pea Family
Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve
June 29, 2006<br>
This plant has very distinctive seedpods, so it was pretty easy to identify. The pods rattle when the seeds are r...

Menzies Rattleweed Astragalus nuttallii / Pea Family Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve June 29, 2006
This plant has very distinctive seedpods, so it was pretty easy to identify. The pods rattle when the seeds are r...

Menzies Rattleweed Astragalus nuttallii / Pea Family Carmel, CA - Pt. Lobos State Preserve June 29, 2006
This plant has very distinctive seedpods, so it was pretty easy to identify. The pods rattle when the seeds are ripe. Plants in the Astragalus species are highly poisonous to cattle, horses, and sheep, they contain selenium, nitro compounds, swainsonine.


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150 We made a special stop at Pt. Lobos so I could see the interesting rocks along the beach, I really like seeing the fantastic patterns in them.

We made a special stop at Pt. Lobos so I could see the interesting rocks along the beach, I really like seeing the fantastic patterns in them.

We made a special stop at Pt. Lobos so I could see the interesting rocks along the beach, I really like seeing the fantastic patterns in them. 1369
151 Cannery Row - Monterey, California
The town of Monterey is much different than the days when John Steinbeck wrote the book Cannery Row, it is a true tourist town now. Old John would probably turn over in his grave if he could see how the area has chan...

Cannery Row - Monterey, California The town of Monterey is much different than the days when John Steinbeck wrote the book Cannery Row, it is a true tourist town now. Old John would probably turn over in his grave if he could see how the area has chan...

Cannery Row - Monterey, California The town of Monterey is much different than the days when John Steinbeck wrote the book Cannery Row, it is a true tourist town now. Old John would probably turn over in his grave if he could see how the area has changed! 1352
152 This <strong>Giant Kelp</strong> grows in a unique tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, my most favorite aquarium. The fresh water from the bay enters this tank with each wave, which keeps this huge kelp alive. It is fascinating to watch the kelp wave ba...

This Giant Kelp grows in a unique tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, my most favorite aquarium. The fresh water from the bay enters this tank with each wave, which keeps this huge kelp alive. It is fascinating to watch the kelp wave ba...

This Giant Kelp grows in a unique tank at the Monterey Bay Aquarium, my most favorite aquarium. The fresh water from the bay enters this tank with each wave, which keeps this huge kelp alive. It is fascinating to watch the kelp wave back and forth in the water. 1165
153 These beautiful <strong>Australian Blue Jellyfish</strong> were photographed in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They reminded me of the knobby glass bowls that my grandmothers had when I was a child! The jellyfish exhibit at the aquarium is a wonder to beho...

These beautiful Australian Blue Jellyfish were photographed in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They reminded me of the knobby glass bowls that my grandmothers had when I was a child! The jellyfish exhibit at the aquarium is a wonder to beho...

These beautiful Australian Blue Jellyfish were photographed in the Monterey Bay Aquarium. They reminded me of the knobby glass bowls that my grandmothers had when I was a child! The jellyfish exhibit at the aquarium is a wonder to behold, I loved it! 1267
154 I liked this photo of Ken enjoying the jellyfish at the Aquarium!

I liked this photo of Ken enjoying the jellyfish at the Aquarium!

I liked this photo of Ken enjoying the jellyfish at the Aquarium! 1223
155 It is fascinating to watch the <strong>Jellyfish</strong> as they undulate through the water. The long stringy tentacles are used for stinging and capturing prey, such as small fish.

It is fascinating to watch the Jellyfish as they undulate through the water. The long stringy tentacles are used for stinging and capturing prey, such as small fish.

It is fascinating to watch the Jellyfish as they undulate through the water. The long stringy tentacles are used for stinging and capturing prey, such as small fish. 1470
156 These <strong>Green Anemones</strong> are very pretty.

These Green Anemones are very pretty.

These Green Anemones are very pretty. 1090
157 <strong>Sea Otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium</strong>
I was glad to finally get a close photo of a sea otter while it was resting, they are <u>the most</u> hyper animals!

Sea Otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium I was glad to finally get a close photo of a sea otter while it was resting, they are the most hyper animals!

Sea Otter at Monterey Bay Aquarium I was glad to finally get a close photo of a sea otter while it was resting, they are the most hyper animals! 1155
158 The Monterey Bay Aquarium was formerly an old sardine cannery. This is part of the original building. It was just before closing time, so we didn't get a chance to read about the exhibits. So much to see, so little time!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was formerly an old sardine cannery. This is part of the original building. It was just before closing time, so we didn't get a chance to read about the exhibits. So much to see, so little time!

The Monterey Bay Aquarium was formerly an old sardine cannery. This is part of the original building. It was just before closing time, so we didn't get a chance to read about the exhibits. So much to see, so little time! 1211
159 The Aquarium has a section dedicated to John Steinbeck in honor if his book, <em>Cannery Row</em>. The aquarium is located in the original sardine cannery. His buddy "Doc" collected animals from the tidepools and the bay for scientific study.

The Aquarium has a section dedicated to John Steinbeck in honor if his book, Cannery Row. The aquarium is located in the original sardine cannery. His buddy "Doc" collected animals from the tidepools and the bay for scientific study.

The Aquarium has a section dedicated to John Steinbeck in honor if his book, Cannery Row. The aquarium is located in the original sardine cannery. His buddy "Doc" collected animals from the tidepools and the bay for scientific study. 1218
160 <strong>Coffee Berry</strong>
<em>Rhamnus californica</em> / Buckthorn Family
Moss Landing, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
This one had a name plate with it, so it was easy to identify.

Coffee Berry Rhamnus californica / Buckthorn Family Moss Landing, CA June 30, 2006
This one had a name plate with it, so it was easy to identify.

Coffee Berry Rhamnus californica / Buckthorn Family Moss Landing, CA June 30, 2006
This one had a name plate with it, so it was easy to identify.


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161 <strong>Golden Nuggets</strong> group
<em>Calochortus luteus</em> / Lily Family
Salinas, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
As we were driving up my uncle's driveway the last day of our trip, I noticed these yellow flowers blooming in the grass. I was so excited...

Golden Nuggets group Calochortus luteus / Lily Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
As we were driving up my uncle's driveway the last day of our trip, I noticed these yellow flowers blooming in the grass. I was so excited...

Golden Nuggets group Calochortus luteus / Lily Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
As we were driving up my uncle's driveway the last day of our trip, I noticed these yellow flowers blooming in the grass. I was so excited to finally get to see a Mariposa Lily, I'd been wanting to see one for a long time.
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162 <strong>Golden Nuggets</strong>
<em>Calochortus luteus</em> / Lily Family
Salinas, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
These pretty flowers are unusual in that they have only 3 petals instead of 6 that many other lilies have. This one has a small black insect on ...

Golden Nuggets Calochortus luteus / Lily Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
These pretty flowers are unusual in that they have only 3 petals instead of 6 that many other lilies have. This one has a small black insect on ...

Golden Nuggets Calochortus luteus / Lily Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
These pretty flowers are unusual in that they have only 3 petals instead of 6 that many other lilies have. This one has a small black insect on the top petal.


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163 <strong>Elkhorn Slough</strong> is a state nature preserve that was once a dairy farm. The preserve has several miles of hiking trails that go through old fields, wetlands, mudflats, and on an island.

Elkhorn Slough is a state nature preserve that was once a dairy farm. The preserve has several miles of hiking trails that go through old fields, wetlands, mudflats, and on an island.

Elkhorn Slough is a state nature preserve that was once a dairy farm. The preserve has several miles of hiking trails that go through old fields, wetlands, mudflats, and on an island. 1276
164 <strong>Saltmarsh Dodder</strong>
<em>Cuscuta salina</em> / Morning glory Family
Elkhorn, CA - Elkhorn Slough Nature Preserve
June 30, 2006<br>
Not many plants are immune to the embrace of the dodder plant. This strange orange vine is a parasite, i...

Saltmarsh Dodder Cuscuta salina / Morning glory Family Elkhorn, CA - Elkhorn Slough Nature Preserve June 30, 2006
Not many plants are immune to the embrace of the dodder plant. This strange orange vine is a parasite, i...

Saltmarsh Dodder Cuscuta salina / Morning glory Family Elkhorn, CA - Elkhorn Slough Nature Preserve June 30, 2006
Not many plants are immune to the embrace of the dodder plant. This strange orange vine is a parasite, it obtains water and nutrients from its host. Since it has no chlorophyll, the green pigment necessary for photosynthesis, the plant is dependent on other plants for survival. A "good" parasite does not kill its' host but it sure can weaken it!


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165 Dodder is a parasitic plant that steals food and water from its host plant. This large, bright orange clump was growing at Elkhorn Slough.

Dodder is a parasitic plant that steals food and water from its host plant. This large, bright orange clump was growing at Elkhorn Slough.

Dodder is a parasitic plant that steals food and water from its host plant. This large, bright orange clump was growing at Elkhorn Slough. 1351
166 <strong>Fleshy Jaumea</strong>
<em>Jaumea carnosa</em> / Aster Family
Elkhorn Slough - Elkhorn, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
I was looking at the Saltwort when I spied this plant blooming in the mud. It has underground runners called <em>rhizomes</em>.

Fleshy Jaumea Jaumea carnosa / Aster Family Elkhorn Slough - Elkhorn, CA June 30, 2006
I was looking at the Saltwort when I spied this plant blooming in the mud. It has underground runners called rhizomes.

Fleshy Jaumea Jaumea carnosa / Aster Family Elkhorn Slough - Elkhorn, CA June 30, 2006
I was looking at the Saltwort when I spied this plant blooming in the mud. It has underground runners called rhizomes.


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167 This trail crosses the causeway on Elkhorn Slough. We enjoyed watching the green sand crabs in the mud.

This trail crosses the causeway on Elkhorn Slough. We enjoyed watching the green sand crabs in the mud.

This trail crosses the causeway on Elkhorn Slough. We enjoyed watching the green sand crabs in the mud. 1433
168 There were lots of Egrets nesting in the trees at Elkhorn Slough.

There were lots of Egrets nesting in the trees at Elkhorn Slough.

There were lots of Egrets nesting in the trees at Elkhorn Slough. 1237
169 We saw Egrets, Herons, and Cormorants nesting in the trees of the Elkhorn Slough rookery. This was one of the times I needed one of those foot-long telephoto lenses!

We saw Egrets, Herons, and Cormorants nesting in the trees of the Elkhorn Slough rookery. This was one of the times I needed one of those foot-long telephoto lenses!

We saw Egrets, Herons, and Cormorants nesting in the trees of the Elkhorn Slough rookery. This was one of the times I needed one of those foot-long telephoto lenses! 1096
170 This pretty shaded walkway at Elkhorn Slough reminded me of a roadway on a southern plantation.

This pretty shaded walkway at Elkhorn Slough reminded me of a roadway on a southern plantation.

This pretty shaded walkway at Elkhorn Slough reminded me of a roadway on a southern plantation. 1213
171 This  rainbow on the island of Elkhorn Slough was made of oyster shells and volcanic rock. There was a pool of water at the base of the rainbow.

This rainbow on the island of Elkhorn Slough was made of oyster shells and volcanic rock. There was a pool of water at the base of the rainbow.

This rainbow on the island of Elkhorn Slough was made of oyster shells and volcanic rock. There was a pool of water at the base of the rainbow. 1339
172 <strong>California Everlasting</strong>
<em>Gnaphalium californicum</em> /Aster Family
Elkhorn Slough
June 30, 2006<br>
These plants don't have very fancy flowers! The flowers dry after blooming, giving the plant its' common name.

California Everlasting Gnaphalium californicum /Aster Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
These plants don't have very fancy flowers! The flowers dry after blooming, giving the plant its' common name.

California Everlasting Gnaphalium californicum /Aster Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
These plants don't have very fancy flowers! The flowers dry after blooming, giving the plant its' common name.


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173 <strong>Charming Centaury</strong>
<em>Centaurium venustum</em> / Gentian Family
Salinas, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
I found a cluster of these flowers blooming at Pt. Lobos, but the photo came out bad. I got another chance when I found them growing alon...

Charming Centaury Centaurium venustum / Gentian Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
I found a cluster of these flowers blooming at Pt. Lobos, but the photo came out bad. I got another chance when I found them growing alon...

Charming Centaury Centaurium venustum / Gentian Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
I found a cluster of these flowers blooming at Pt. Lobos, but the photo came out bad. I got another chance when I found them growing along my uncle's driveway in Salinas. They are beautiful little flowers that brighten the dry grasses in the summer.


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174 <strong>Wedge-leaf Horkelia</strong>
<em>Horkelia californica</em> / Rose Family
Elkhorn Slough
June 30, 2006<br>
I saw this plant in different areas along the trail at Elkhorn Slough. It has pretty white flowers.

Wedge-leaf Horkelia Horkelia californica / Rose Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
I saw this plant in different areas along the trail at Elkhorn Slough. It has pretty white flowers.

Wedge-leaf Horkelia Horkelia californica / Rose Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
I saw this plant in different areas along the trail at Elkhorn Slough. It has pretty white flowers.


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1933
175 <strong>Miners' Lettuce</strong>
<em>Montia perfoliata</em> / Purslane Family
Early inhabitants of California and other western states enjoyed the juicy leaves of this plant.

Miners' Lettuce Montia perfoliata / Purslane Family Early inhabitants of California and other western states enjoyed the juicy leaves of this plant.

Miners' Lettuce Montia perfoliata / Purslane Family Early inhabitants of California and other western states enjoyed the juicy leaves of this plant.


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1858
176 <strong>Seep-spring Monkeyflower</strong>
<em>Mimulus guttatus</em> / Snapdragon Family
Elkhorn Sough, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
This kind of Monkeyflower grows in wet areas. It has very large flowers.

Seep-spring Monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus / Snapdragon Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
This kind of Monkeyflower grows in wet areas. It has very large flowers.

Seep-spring Monkeyflower Mimulus guttatus / Snapdragon Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
This kind of Monkeyflower grows in wet areas. It has very large flowers.


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177 <strong>Pacific Silverweed</strong>
<em>Potentilla anserina pacifica</em> / Rose Family
Elkhorn Sough, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
Note the yellow crab spider hiding to the left of the flower. It is waiting for some juicy prey to land on the flower.

Pacific Silverweed Potentilla anserina pacifica / Rose Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
Note the yellow crab spider hiding to the left of the flower. It is waiting for some juicy prey to land on the flower.

Pacific Silverweed Potentilla anserina pacifica / Rose Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
Note the yellow crab spider hiding to the left of the flower. It is waiting for some juicy prey to land on the flower.


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1872
178 <strong>Pickleweed; Samphire</strong>
<em>Salcorina subterminalis</em> / Goosefoot Family
Elkhorn Sough, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
This plant is able to grow in very saline soil at the edge of the salt marsh.

Pickleweed; Samphire Salcorina subterminalis / Goosefoot Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
This plant is able to grow in very saline soil at the edge of the salt marsh.

Pickleweed; Samphire Salcorina subterminalis / Goosefoot Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
This plant is able to grow in very saline soil at the edge of the salt marsh.


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179 <strong>Pineapple Weed</strong>
<em>Matricaria matricarioides*</em> / Aster Family
Elkhorn Sough, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
The crushed leaves of this plant smell like pineapple. This is a very common roadside (or in this case, middle of the road) plant.

Pineapple Weed Matricaria matricarioides* / Aster Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
The crushed leaves of this plant smell like pineapple. This is a very common roadside (or in this case, middle of the road) plant.

Pineapple Weed Matricaria matricarioides* / Aster Family Elkhorn Sough, CA June 30, 2006
The crushed leaves of this plant smell like pineapple. This is a very common roadside (or in this case, middle of the road) plant.


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180 <strong>Pink-flowering Currant</strong>
<em>Ribes sanguineum glutinosum</em> / Rose Family
Moss Landing, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
This plant was growing at the Marine Laboratory. It produces berries.

Pink-flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum glutinosum / Rose Family Moss Landing, CA June 30, 2006
This plant was growing at the Marine Laboratory. It produces berries.

Pink-flowering Currant Ribes sanguineum glutinosum / Rose Family Moss Landing, CA June 30, 2006
This plant was growing at the Marine Laboratory. It produces berries.


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181 <strong>Alkali Heath</strong>
<em>Frankenia salina</em> / Family
This little plant adds a pretty splash of pink along the trail of the salt marsh.

Alkali Heath Frankenia salina / Family This little plant adds a pretty splash of pink along the trail of the salt marsh.

Alkali Heath Frankenia salina / Family This little plant adds a pretty splash of pink along the trail of the salt marsh.


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182 <strong>California Aster</strong>
<em>Lessingia filaginifolia</em> / Aster Family
Elkhorn Slough, California
June 30, 2006<br>
This is a fairly large flower. I usually think of asters as being fall-blooming flowers.

California Aster Lessingia filaginifolia / Aster Family Elkhorn Slough, California June 30, 2006
This is a fairly large flower. I usually think of asters as being fall-blooming flowers.

California Aster Lessingia filaginifolia / Aster Family Elkhorn Slough, California June 30, 2006
This is a fairly large flower. I usually think of asters as being fall-blooming flowers.


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183 <strong>American Licorice</strong>
<em>Glycyrrhiza lepidota</em> / Pea Family
June 30, 2006
Elkhorn Slough - Elkhorn, California<br>
I had seen this plant in my wildflower books for years, but this was the first time I'd seen it in the wild. It was...

American Licorice Glycyrrhiza lepidota / Pea Family June 30, 2006 Elkhorn Slough - Elkhorn, California
I had seen this plant in my wildflower books for years, but this was the first time I'd seen it in the wild. It was...

American Licorice Glycyrrhiza lepidota / Pea Family June 30, 2006 Elkhorn Slough - Elkhorn, California
I had seen this plant in my wildflower books for years, but this was the first time I'd seen it in the wild. It was growing in a patch on the top of a hill at Elkhorn Slough.


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184 <strong>California Fuschia</strong>
<em>Epilobium canum mexicanum</em> / Family
Elkhorn Slough
June 30, 2006<br>
These are gorgeous red flowers that brighten a trail or roadside. I found these planted outside the Nature Center of Elkhorn Slough. 
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California Fuschia Epilobium canum mexicanum / Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
These are gorgeous red flowers that brighten a trail or roadside. I found these planted outside the Nature Center of Elkhorn Slough. ...

California Fuschia Epilobium canum mexicanum / Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
These are gorgeous red flowers that brighten a trail or roadside. I found these planted outside the Nature Center of Elkhorn Slough. Formerly known as: Zauschneria californica


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185 <strong>Wavy-leaf Soap Plant</strong>
<em>Chlorogalum pomeridianum</em> / Family
Elkhorn Slough
June 30, 2006<br>
I was surprised to see this plant in bloom at the end of our hike at 5:00 p.m., it was not blooming when we arrived at the Visitors' C...

Wavy-leaf Soap Plant Chlorogalum pomeridianum / Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
I was surprised to see this plant in bloom at the end of our hike at 5:00 p.m., it was not blooming when we arrived at the Visitors' C...

Wavy-leaf Soap Plant Chlorogalum pomeridianum / Family Elkhorn Slough June 30, 2006
I was surprised to see this plant in bloom at the end of our hike at 5:00 p.m., it was not blooming when we arrived at the Visitors' Center. I was glad to see this one, it was one I had wanted to see! It was the last wildflower of the trip too! I had saved one of the best for last! The wavy leaves were dried up, so I couldn't photograph them.


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186 <strong>Cats Ears?</strong>
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Salinas, CA
June 30, 2006<br>
This is one of those blasted DYC's! I'll keep working on the identification.

Cats Ears? / Aster Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
This is one of those blasted DYC's! I'll keep working on the identification.

Cats Ears? / Aster Family Salinas, CA June 30, 2006
This is one of those blasted DYC's! I'll keep working on the identification.
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187 This was a shot of the sunset on our flight back to Nashville. A nice way to end the trip!

This was a shot of the sunset on our flight back to Nashville. A nice way to end the trip!

This was a shot of the sunset on our flight back to Nashville. A nice way to end the trip! 1714

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