California Spring 2007 Part II - Beach Week

This is the second part of the 2007 Spring Break Vacation. It includes the beaches north and south of Ventura and also flowers and scenes from Ontario, San Diego, and Los Angeles.
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1 This gallery is a continuation of the California March 2007 trip. As we drove west on Hwy. 33 we saw many orchards, vineyards and fields of crops. This is one form of irrigation that is commonly seen in the fields.

This gallery is a continuation of the California March 2007 trip. As we drove west on Hwy. 33 we saw many orchards, vineyards and fields of crops. This is one form of irrigation that is commonly seen in the fields.

This gallery is a continuation of the California March 2007 trip. As we drove west on Hwy. 33 we saw many orchards, vineyards and fields of crops. This is one form of irrigation that is commonly seen in the fields. 1775
2 Like many of the mountain roads, Highway 33 has some interesting hairpin turns, making for an interesting ride. What made it even more interesting was the speeding motorcycles that roared up the highway! We learned that we should have not traveled ther...

Like many of the mountain roads, Highway 33 has some interesting hairpin turns, making for an interesting ride. What made it even more interesting was the speeding motorcycles that roared up the highway! We learned that we should have not traveled ther...

Like many of the mountain roads, Highway 33 has some interesting hairpin turns, making for an interesting ride. What made it even more interesting was the speeding motorcycles that roared up the highway! We learned that we should have not traveled there on a weekend! 1351
3 I was amazed when I saw these twisted layers of sedimentary  rock  along Hwy. 33. This area runs along a geologic fault, which is evidenced by the twisted rock.

I was amazed when I saw these twisted layers of sedimentary rock along Hwy. 33. This area runs along a geologic fault, which is evidenced by the twisted rock.

I was amazed when I saw these twisted layers of sedimentary rock along Hwy. 33. This area runs along a geologic fault, which is evidenced by the twisted rock. 1503
4 <strong>Greenbark Ceanothus</strong>
<em>Ceanothus spinosus</em>
Ojai, CA
March 25, 2007
I photographed this shrub blooming along Highway 33 on the drive from Taft to Ventura. Ceanothus has small white or blue flowers.

Greenbark Ceanothus Ceanothus spinosus Ojai, CA March 25, 2007 I photographed this shrub blooming along Highway 33 on the drive from Taft to Ventura. Ceanothus has small white or blue flowers.

Greenbark Ceanothus Ceanothus spinosus Ojai, CA March 25, 2007 I photographed this shrub blooming along Highway 33 on the drive from Taft to Ventura. Ceanothus has small white or blue flowers.


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5 <strong>Prickly Phlox</strong>
<em>Leptodactylon californicum</em>
These pretty pink flowers bloomed along Hwy. 33 near Ojai.

Prickly Phlox Leptodactylon californicum These pretty pink flowers bloomed along Hwy. 33 near Ojai.

Prickly Phlox Leptodactylon californicum These pretty pink flowers bloomed along Hwy. 33 near Ojai.


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6 <strong>Wild Cucumber</strong>
<em>Macrocarpus macrocarpus</em>
Rose Valley, CA
March 25, 2007
I saw this vine several times, but only once with the spiny fruits.

Wild Cucumber Macrocarpus macrocarpus Rose Valley, CA March 25, 2007 I saw this vine several times, but only once with the spiny fruits.

Wild Cucumber Macrocarpus macrocarpus Rose Valley, CA March 25, 2007 I saw this vine several times, but only once with the spiny fruits.


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7 This was our first view of the beach just north of <strong>Ventura</strong>. We parked along Highway 1 and walked across and down the boulders. These large rocks were brought in to help prevent beach erosion. Strong winter storms produce large waves th...

This was our first view of the beach just north of Ventura. We parked along Highway 1 and walked across and down the boulders. These large rocks were brought in to help prevent beach erosion. Strong winter storms produce large waves th...

This was our first view of the beach just north of Ventura. We parked along Highway 1 and walked across and down the boulders. These large rocks were brought in to help prevent beach erosion. Strong winter storms produce large waves that eat away at the bank. There weren't any big waves here, we found out it is a "beginners beach" for surfers. map... 1750
8 California has a great commuter train system, this one zoomed by Highway 1. We learned to watch <u>very closely</u> when we came to a railroad crossing!

California has a great commuter train system, this one zoomed by Highway 1. We learned to watch very closely when we came to a railroad crossing!

California has a great commuter train system, this one zoomed by Highway 1. We learned to watch very closely when we came to a railroad crossing! 1408
9 <strong>Bush Sunflower</strong>
<em>Encelia californica</em>
Ventura, CA
March 25, 2007
This is a common plant along the beaches of southern California.

Bush Sunflower Encelia californica Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This is a common plant along the beaches of southern California.

Bush Sunflower Encelia californica Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This is a common plant along the beaches of southern California.


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10 This <strong>Lupine</strong> was photographed along a beach in Ventura. Lupines are very difficult to identify unless they have a very specific characteristic, so I'm not going to try on this one! Lupines are in the Pea Family, they have bacteria-conta...

This Lupine was photographed along a beach in Ventura. Lupines are very difficult to identify unless they have a very specific characteristic, so I'm not going to try on this one! Lupines are in the Pea Family, they have bacteria-conta...

This Lupine was photographed along a beach in Ventura. Lupines are very difficult to identify unless they have a very specific characteristic, so I'm not going to try on this one! Lupines are in the Pea Family, they have bacteria-containing nodules on the roots that are able to fix nitrogen from the air, thus they help enrich the soil. 1606
11 <strong>Purple Nightshade</strong>
<em>Solanum xanti</em>
Ventura, CA
March 25, 2007
This is a very pretty, showy Nightshade. I photographed this plant along Hwy. 1, not far from the railroad track. It looks a lot like the Blue Witch I saw at Pinna...

Purple Nightshade Solanum xanti Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This is a very pretty, showy Nightshade. I photographed this plant along Hwy. 1, not far from the railroad track. It looks a lot like the Blue Witch I saw at Pinna...

Purple Nightshade Solanum xanti Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This is a very pretty, showy Nightshade. I photographed this plant along Hwy. 1, not far from the railroad track. It looks a lot like the Blue Witch I saw at Pinnacles National Monument last year.


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12 Close-up of <strong>Purple Nightshade</strong> close-up
<em>Solanum xanti</em>

Close-up of Purple Nightshade close-up Solanum xanti

Close-up of Purple Nightshade close-up Solanum xanti 1711
13 <strong>Bermuda Sorrel</strong>
<em>Oxalis pes-caprae*</em>
Carpentaria, CA
March 26, 2007
This large-flowered, non-native sorrel is common is damp areas near the coast.

Bermuda Sorrel Oxalis pes-caprae* Carpentaria, CA March 26, 2007 This large-flowered, non-native sorrel is common is damp areas near the coast.

Bermuda Sorrel Oxalis pes-caprae* Carpentaria, CA March 26, 2007 This large-flowered, non-native sorrel is common is damp areas near the coast.


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14 We enjoyed walking along the beach and then up to the <strong>Ventura Pier</strong>.The pier is open to the public and free to enter.

We enjoyed walking along the beach and then up to the Ventura Pier.The pier is open to the public and free to enter.

We enjoyed walking along the beach and then up to the Ventura Pier.The pier is open to the public and free to enter. 1505
15 It was quite cool and windy on the <strong>Ventura Pier</strong> which helped cause me to catch a bad cold. :( We enjoyed watching people fishing, a young couple getting photographs made, and birdwatching.

It was quite cool and windy on the Ventura Pier which helped cause me to catch a bad cold. :( We enjoyed watching people fishing, a young couple getting photographs made, and birdwatching.

It was quite cool and windy on the Ventura Pier which helped cause me to catch a bad cold. :( We enjoyed watching people fishing, a young couple getting photographs made, and birdwatching. 1368
16 I enjoyed seeing the varied colors of the beach rocks.

I enjoyed seeing the varied colors of the beach rocks.

I enjoyed seeing the varied colors of the beach rocks. 2312
17 <strong>Virgins Bower; Pipestems</strong>
<em>Clematis lasiantha</em>
Ojai, CA
March 25, 2007
These flowers were a bit larger than their eastern "cousin". I found these along Hwy. 33. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't see more flowers on that ...

Virgins Bower; Pipestems Clematis lasiantha Ojai, CA March 25, 2007 These flowers were a bit larger than their eastern "cousin". I found these along Hwy. 33. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't see more flowers on that ...

Virgins Bower; Pipestems Clematis lasiantha Ojai, CA March 25, 2007 These flowers were a bit larger than their eastern "cousin". I found these along Hwy. 33. I was a bit disappointed that I didn't see more flowers on that road, especially in the mountains.


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18 <strong>Sand Verbena</strong> 
<em>Abronia umbellata umbellata</em>
Ventura, CA
March 25, 2007
These lovely flowers grow like pink lollipops along the beach. I am amazed at the "toughness" of such delicate-looking plants. 
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Sand Verbena Abronia umbellata umbellata Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 These lovely flowers grow like pink lollipops along the beach. I am amazed at the "toughness" of such delicate-looking plants.

Sand Verbena Abronia umbellata umbellata Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 These lovely flowers grow like pink lollipops along the beach. I am amazed at the "toughness" of such delicate-looking plants. map... 2093
19 <strong>Sand Verbena</strong> plant
<em>Abronia umbellata umbellata</em>
Ventura, CA 
March 25, 2007

Sand Verbena plant Abronia umbellata umbellata Ventura, CA March 25, 2007

Sand Verbena plant Abronia umbellata umbellata Ventura, CA March 25, 2007


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20 <strong>Coast Morning Glory</strong>
<em>Calystegia macrostegia cyclostegia</em>
Ventura, CA
March 25, 2007

Coast Morning Glory Calystegia macrostegia cyclostegia Ventura, CA March 25, 2007

Coast Morning Glory Calystegia macrostegia cyclostegia Ventura, CA March 25, 2007


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21 <strong>White-stemmed Filaree</strong>
<em>Erodium moschatum</em> / Geranium Family
Taft, CA
March 22, 2007
This is a very common weed in California. It has long, beak-shaped fruits.

White-stemmed Filaree Erodium moschatum / Geranium Family Taft, CA March 22, 2007 This is a very common weed in California. It has long, beak-shaped fruits.

White-stemmed Filaree Erodium moschatum / Geranium Family Taft, CA March 22, 2007 This is a very common weed in California. It has long, beak-shaped fruits.


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22 <strong>Ground squirrel</strong>
<em>Spermophilus beecheyi</em>
These ground-dwelling squirrels are found all over southern California; this one lived near the beach.

Ground squirrel Spermophilus beecheyi These ground-dwelling squirrels are found all over southern California; this one lived near the beach.

Ground squirrel Spermophilus beecheyi These ground-dwelling squirrels are found all over southern California; this one lived near the beach. 1666
23 <strong>Dunedelion</strong>
<em>Malacothrix incana</em> / Aster Family
Ventura, CA
March 26, 2007
I like the common name of this pretty yellow beach flower!

Dunedelion Malacothrix incana / Aster Family Ventura, CA March 26, 2007 I like the common name of this pretty yellow beach flower!

Dunedelion Malacothrix incana / Aster Family Ventura, CA March 26, 2007 I like the common name of this pretty yellow beach flower!


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24 <strong>Tree Tobacco</strong>
<em>Nicotiana glauca*</em> / Nightshade Family
Ventura, CA
March 25, 2007
This native of South America has found a comfortable new home along the coast of southern California. It is a poisonous plant.

Tree Tobacco Nicotiana glauca* / Nightshade Family Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This native of South America has found a comfortable new home along the coast of southern California. It is a poisonous plant.

Tree Tobacco Nicotiana glauca* / Nightshade Family Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This native of South America has found a comfortable new home along the coast of southern California. It is a poisonous plant.


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25 The <strong>Fishermans' Memorial</strong> arch at the Ventura Harbor is a reminder of the dangers of the profession of fishing.

The Fishermans' Memorial arch at the Ventura Harbor is a reminder of the dangers of the profession of fishing.

The Fishermans' Memorial arch at the Ventura Harbor is a reminder of the dangers of the profession of fishing. 2049
26 <strong>Ventura Harbor</strong> is the home to many interesting craft from kayaks, small motorboats and sailboats to mega-yachts, large fishing boats and even this bright red Chinese junk.

Ventura Harbor is the home to many interesting craft from kayaks, small motorboats and sailboats to mega-yachts, large fishing boats and even this bright red Chinese junk.

Ventura Harbor is the home to many interesting craft from kayaks, small motorboats and sailboats to mega-yachts, large fishing boats and even this bright red Chinese junk. 1844
27 <strong>Mousehole Tree</strong>
<em>Myoporum laetum*</em> 
This tree is native to Australia, it is planted as a landscaping plant and it often escapes. I photographed this one growing in a state park at a beach. I'd love to know how this tree got its...

Mousehole Tree Myoporum laetum* This tree is native to Australia, it is planted as a landscaping plant and it often escapes. I photographed this one growing in a state park at a beach. I'd love to know how this tree got its...

Mousehole Tree Myoporum laetum* This tree is native to Australia, it is planted as a landscaping plant and it often escapes. I photographed this one growing in a state park at a beach. I'd love to know how this tree got its funny name! :)


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28 <strong>German Ivy</strong>
<em>Delairea odorata*</em> / Aster Family
Ventura, CA 
March 25, 2007
This vine really confused me, the leaves looked like an ivy but the flowers looked liked a composite. 
Previously known as <em>Senecio mikanioides</em>

German Ivy Delairea odorata* / Aster Family Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This vine really confused me, the leaves looked like an ivy but the flowers looked liked a composite. Previously known as Senecio mikanioides

German Ivy Delairea odorata* / Aster Family Ventura, CA March 25, 2007 This vine really confused me, the leaves looked like an ivy but the flowers looked liked a composite. Previously known as Senecio mikanioides


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29 <strong>Red-winged Blackbird</strong>
<em>Agelaius tricolor</em>
Love was in the air and this male bird was really "strutting his stuff" as he sang, danced and flared out his feathers in an attempt to gain the affection of a female. These birds live ...

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius tricolor Love was in the air and this male bird was really "strutting his stuff" as he sang, danced and flared out his feathers in an attempt to gain the affection of a female. These birds live ...

Red-winged Blackbird Agelaius tricolor Love was in the air and this male bird was really "strutting his stuff" as he sang, danced and flared out his feathers in an attempt to gain the affection of a female. These birds live near water and wetlands. 1780
30 <strong>Ringed Turtle-Dove</strong>
<em>Streptopelia risoria</em>
This male dove was cooing, as can be seen by the puffed out neck.

Ringed Turtle-Dove Streptopelia risoria This male dove was cooing, as can be seen by the puffed out neck.

Ringed Turtle-Dove Streptopelia risoria This male dove was cooing, as can be seen by the puffed out neck. 1803
31 <strong>Blue Gum Eucalyptus</strong>
<em>Eucalyptus globulus*</em>
The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia, but it is quite happy to grow along the coast of California. The leaves have a destinctive smell. Monarch butterflies roost in a grove of t...

Blue Gum Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus* The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia, but it is quite happy to grow along the coast of California. The leaves have a destinctive smell. Monarch butterflies roost in a grove of t...

Blue Gum Eucalyptus Eucalyptus globulus* The eucalyptus tree is native to Australia, but it is quite happy to grow along the coast of California. The leaves have a destinctive smell. Monarch butterflies roost in a grove of these trees in Pacific Grove, CA, near Monterey. The flowers are very unusual and produce strange seed pods. We had seen the pods on previous trips to California, but this was the first time I had seen the flowers.


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32 Blue Gum Eucalyptus seed pods

Blue Gum Eucalyptus seed pods

Blue Gum Eucalyptus seed pods 6475
33 <strong>Bull Mallow</strong>
<em>Malva nicaeensis*</em> / Mallow Family
Carpinteria, CA
This is a common weed near fields and roadsides.

Bull Mallow Malva nicaeensis* / Mallow Family Carpinteria, CA This is a common weed near fields and roadsides.

Bull Mallow Malva nicaeensis* / Mallow Family Carpinteria, CA This is a common weed near fields and roadsides.


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34 <strong>Harbor Seals</strong>
<em>Phoca vitulina</em>
We went to Carpinteria State Beach expecting to walk along the water. It was quite a nice surprise when we found out the beach was closed due to the recent birth of several Harbor Seal pups! A vol...

Harbor Seals Phoca vitulina We went to Carpinteria State Beach expecting to walk along the water. It was quite a nice surprise when we found out the beach was closed due to the recent birth of several Harbor Seal pups! A vol...

Harbor Seals Phoca vitulina We went to Carpinteria State Beach expecting to walk along the water. It was quite a nice surprise when we found out the beach was closed due to the recent birth of several Harbor Seal pups! A volunteer at the top of the cliff tells visitors about the seal colony, reminds them to be quiet and to help keep dogs away. Harbor seals swim out to sea to eat fish, they are sometimes eaten by Great White Sharks. 1492
35 Harbor Seals resting on the beach.

Harbor Seals resting on the beach.

Harbor Seals resting on the beach. 1348
36 Harbor Seals
A mother seal's milk is very rich in fat, the pups grow very quickly and are ready to go to sea about a month after they are born. Seals are quite graceful in the water, but they have to belly flop and pull themselves along with their fro...

Harbor Seals A mother seal's milk is very rich in fat, the pups grow very quickly and are ready to go to sea about a month after they are born. Seals are quite graceful in the water, but they have to belly flop and pull themselves along with their fro...

Harbor Seals A mother seal's milk is very rich in fat, the pups grow very quickly and are ready to go to sea about a month after they are born. Seals are quite graceful in the water, but they have to belly flop and pull themselves along with their front flippers on land. It is amazing how fast they can move out of the water though! 1359
37 <strong>Ochre Sea stars</strong>
<em>Pisaster ochraceus</em>
The correct name for these 5-armed echinoderms is <em>sea star</em>, not "starfish" since they are not related to fish in any way. Sea stars are often left exposed on the rocks and pier pil...

Ochre Sea stars Pisaster ochraceus The correct name for these 5-armed echinoderms is sea star, not "starfish" since they are not related to fish in any way. Sea stars are often left exposed on the rocks and pier pil...

Ochre Sea stars Pisaster ochraceus The correct name for these 5-armed echinoderms is sea star, not "starfish" since they are not related to fish in any way. Sea stars are often left exposed on the rocks and pier pilings during low tide; Sea stars breathe through their skin, as long as they stay wet from the spray they can survive until the next high tide. Some of these sea stars are orange and others are purple. 1272
38 <strong>Ochre Sea Star</strong>
<em>Pisaster ochraceus</em>
Sea Stars are related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sand dollars, they are echinoderms, meaning "spiny skinned". They move about on tiny tube feet and they have to breathe through their...

Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus Sea Stars are related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sand dollars, they are echinoderms, meaning "spiny skinned". They move about on tiny tube feet and they have to breathe through their...

Ochre Sea Star Pisaster ochraceus Sea Stars are related to sea urchins, sea cucumbers, and sand dollars, they are echinoderms, meaning "spiny skinned". They move about on tiny tube feet and they have to breathe through their skin. Sea Stars eat mussels, scallops, clams and other mollusks by grasping the shells and slowly pulling them apart. When they get a small opening between the shells, the sea star pushes its stomach out of its' mouth and into the mollusk. The stomach digests the animal out of the shell, leaving just the empty shells behind. Sea stars can regenerate lost body parts. If one loses a leg, it will grow another. Sometimes a lost leg may even grow a new sea star! 1451
39 <strong>Onionweed; Asphodel</strong>
<em>Asphodelus fistulosus*</em>
Santa Barbara, CA
March 26, 2007
I kept seeing these plants blooming along Hwy. 1 and I was anxious to see what they were. We finally found a place to pull over safely so I could ...

Onionweed; Asphodel Asphodelus fistulosus* Santa Barbara, CA March 26, 2007 I kept seeing these plants blooming along Hwy. 1 and I was anxious to see what they were. We finally found a place to pull over safely so I could ...

Onionweed; Asphodel Asphodelus fistulosus* Santa Barbara, CA March 26, 2007 I kept seeing these plants blooming along Hwy. 1 and I was anxious to see what they were. We finally found a place to pull over safely so I could take this photograph and the following one. They have very pretty flowers.


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40 <strong>Onionweed</strong> close-up
<em>Asphodelus fistulosus*</em>

Onionweed close-up Asphodelus fistulosus*

Onionweed close-up Asphodelus fistulosus* 1452
41 <strong>Lemonadeberry</strong>
<em>Rhus integrifolia</em>
Ventura, CA
March 26, 2007
This is a common beach shrub. It is related to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, however it is non-poisonous. The berries can be crushed and mixed with water to make a dr...

Lemonadeberry Rhus integrifolia Ventura, CA March 26, 2007 This is a common beach shrub. It is related to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, however it is non-poisonous. The berries can be crushed and mixed with water to make a dr...

Lemonadeberry Rhus integrifolia Ventura, CA March 26, 2007 This is a common beach shrub. It is related to Poison Ivy and Poison Oak, however it is non-poisonous. The berries can be crushed and mixed with water to make a drink that tastes like lemonade. (see next photo)


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42 Lemonadeberry berries

Lemonadeberry berries

Lemonadeberry berries 1428
43 <strong>Snowy Egret</strong>
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Kenny and I enjoyed watching this beautiful white egret as it hunted for fish. I was excited to catch this one in action eating a fish. These birds have bright yellow feet making them look like they have stepped...

Snowy Egret Kenny and I enjoyed watching this beautiful white egret as it hunted for fish. I was excited to catch this one in action eating a fish. These birds have bright yellow feet making them look like they have stepped...

Snowy Egret Kenny and I enjoyed watching this beautiful white egret as it hunted for fish. I was excited to catch this one in action eating a fish. These birds have bright yellow feet making them look like they have stepped in paint! Egrets and herons are wading birds, they have long beaks and long legs that allow them to easily stalk the tidepools and shorelines for hunt for fish and crabs. 1320
44 The headquarters and visitor center for Channel Islands National Park are located in Oxnard in the main harbor. We had hoped to take a boat out to Santa Cruz Island, but there were 50 mph sustained offshore winds, so no boats were running that day. :(

The headquarters and visitor center for Channel Islands National Park are located in Oxnard in the main harbor. We had hoped to take a boat out to Santa Cruz Island, but there were 50 mph sustained offshore winds, so no boats were running that day. :(

The headquarters and visitor center for Channel Islands National Park are located in Oxnard in the main harbor. We had hoped to take a boat out to Santa Cruz Island, but there were 50 mph sustained offshore winds, so no boats were running that day. :( 1497
45 <strong>Giant Coreopsis</strong>
<em>Coreopsis gigantea</em>
Fortunately, the visitor's center had many of the plants native to the Channel Islands in a small garden. I was delighted to see these beautiful, but strange flowers. It would have been nic...

Giant Coreopsis Coreopsis gigantea Fortunately, the visitor's center had many of the plants native to the Channel Islands in a small garden. I was delighted to see these beautiful, but strange flowers. It would have been nic...

Giant Coreopsis Coreopsis gigantea Fortunately, the visitor's center had many of the plants native to the Channel Islands in a small garden. I was delighted to see these beautiful, but strange flowers. It would have been nice to have seen them in their natural habitat, but this was the next best thing. What really made it nice was that the plants in the garden were labelled! :)


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46 This was one of my "target plants," so I was excited to be able to get a close look at the Giant Coreopsis.

This was one of my "target plants," so I was excited to be able to get a close look at the Giant Coreopsis.

This was one of my "target plants," so I was excited to be able to get a close look at the Giant Coreopsis. 2221
47 <strong>Mainland Dudleya</strong>
<em>Dudleya edulis</em>
Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
These flowers were planted in a barrel at the visitors center.

Mainland Dudleya Dudleya edulis Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 These flowers were planted in a barrel at the visitors center.

Mainland Dudleya Dudleya edulis Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 These flowers were planted in a barrel at the visitors center.


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48 <strong>Soft-leaved Indian Paintbrush</strong>
<em>Castilleja mollis</em>
<span style="color: purple;"> Rare!</span>
Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007

Soft-leaved Indian Paintbrush Castilleja mollis Rare! Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007

Soft-leaved Indian Paintbrush Castilleja mollis Rare! Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007


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49 <strong>Island Checkerbloom </strong>
<em>Sidalcea malviflora malviflora</em> / Mallow Family
Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
This is a very pretty bright pink flower that grows on the Channel Islands.

Island Checkerbloom Sidalcea malviflora malviflora / Mallow Family Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This is a very pretty bright pink flower that grows on the Channel Islands.

Island Checkerbloom Sidalcea malviflora malviflora / Mallow Family Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This is a very pretty bright pink flower that grows on the Channel Islands.


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50 <strong>Northern Island Morning Glory</strong>
<em>Calystegia macrostegia macrostegia</em>
Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
The leaves of this plant are different than the closely related Beach Morning Glory <em>Calyste...

Northern Island Morning Glory Calystegia macrostegia macrostegia Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 The leaves of this plant are different than the closely related Beach Morning Glory Calyste...

Northern Island Morning Glory Calystegia macrostegia macrostegia Channel Islands NP Visitors Center, Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 The leaves of this plant are different than the closely related Beach Morning Glory Calystegia macrostegia cyclostegia.


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51 <strong>Orchid Rock-rose</strong>
<em>Cistus X purpureus</em>
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007

Orchid Rock-rose Cistus X purpureus Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007

Orchid Rock-rose Cistus X purpureus Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007


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52 <strong>Santa Rosa Island Sage</strong>
<em>Salvia brandegei</em>
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007

Santa Rosa Island Sage Salvia brandegei Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007

Santa Rosa Island Sage Salvia brandegei Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007


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53 <strong>Long-beaked Filaree </strong>
<em>Erodium botrys</em> / Geranium Family
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
This filaree has a single flower that grows close to the ground. It has very long seed pods.

Long-beaked Filaree Erodium botrys / Geranium Family Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This filaree has a single flower that grows close to the ground. It has very long seed pods.

Long-beaked Filaree Erodium botrys / Geranium Family Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This filaree has a single flower that grows close to the ground. It has very long seed pods.


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54 <strong>Wild strawberry</strong>
<em>Fragaria vesca </em>
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
There will be a delicious, sweet berry where this flower is in a couple of months.

Wild strawberry Fragaria vesca Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 There will be a delicious, sweet berry where this flower is in a couple of months.

Wild strawberry Fragaria vesca Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 There will be a delicious, sweet berry where this flower is in a couple of months.


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55 <strong>Horsetails</strong>
<em>Equisetum telmateia</em>
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
These are not wildflowers, but ancient spore-bearing plants. Before the time of the dinosaurs this plant grew to the size of trees. The stems are rough and scratchy ...

Horsetails Equisetum telmateia Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 These are not wildflowers, but ancient spore-bearing plants. Before the time of the dinosaurs this plant grew to the size of trees. The stems are rough and scratchy ...

Horsetails Equisetum telmateia Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 These are not wildflowers, but ancient spore-bearing plants. Before the time of the dinosaurs this plant grew to the size of trees. The stems are rough and scratchy due to the presence of silica. 2078
56 <strong>Poison Oak flowers</strong>
<em>Toxicodendron diversilobum</em>
<span style="color: orange;"> Danger!</span>
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
This is a plant that every visitor to California needs to learn by heart. It is related to Poison Ivy an...

Poison Oak flowers Toxicodendron diversilobum Danger! Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This is a plant that every visitor to California needs to learn by heart. It is related to Poison Ivy an...

Poison Oak flowers Toxicodendron diversilobum Danger! Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This is a plant that every visitor to California needs to learn by heart. It is related to Poison Ivy and produces the same results to susceptible people.


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57 It may have been a crazy thing to do, but we went to the beach anyway despite the 50 mph sustained winds. It turned out to be a lot of fun, we were the only people on the beach and we could lean into the wind without falling down!

It may have been a crazy thing to do, but we went to the beach anyway despite the 50 mph sustained winds. It turned out to be a lot of fun, we were the only people on the beach and we could lean into the wind without falling down!

It may have been a crazy thing to do, but we went to the beach anyway despite the 50 mph sustained winds. It turned out to be a lot of fun, we were the only people on the beach and we could lean into the wind without falling down! 1521
58 Kenny enjoys the view of the Channel Islands (on the horizon), it was the closest we could get to them. The big waves were spectacular to watch. They produced large amounts of foam that blew along the beach at our feet. We made sure not to put ourselve...

Kenny enjoys the view of the Channel Islands (on the horizon), it was the closest we could get to them. The big waves were spectacular to watch. They produced large amounts of foam that blew along the beach at our feet. We made sure not to put ourselve...

Kenny enjoys the view of the Channel Islands (on the horizon), it was the closest we could get to them. The big waves were spectacular to watch. They produced large amounts of foam that blew along the beach at our feet. We made sure not to put ourselves in danger by getting too close to the waves. We may be crazy, but we're not stupid! :) 1265
59 A Brown Pelican braves the wind storm. We were amazed to watch the birds skim along the surface of the water just above the crashing waves. The land in the background (about 20 miles away) is Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands. Note ...

A Brown Pelican braves the wind storm. We were amazed to watch the birds skim along the surface of the water just above the crashing waves. The land in the background (about 20 miles away) is Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands. Note ...

A Brown Pelican braves the wind storm. We were amazed to watch the birds skim along the surface of the water just above the crashing waves. The land in the background (about 20 miles away) is Santa Cruz Island, the largest of the Channel Islands. Note the oil platform just barely visible on the left side of the photo. 1323
60 <strong>Brown Pelican</strong>
<em>Pelicanus occidentalis</em>
These birds are huge with up to a 90" wingspan. They have a large pouch in the lower beak which they use to catch fish. These birds often fly in "squadrons", (a line of several birds) jus...

Brown Pelican Pelicanus occidentalis These birds are huge with up to a 90" wingspan. They have a large pouch in the lower beak which they use to catch fish. These birds often fly in "squadrons", (a line of several birds) jus...

Brown Pelican Pelicanus occidentalis These birds are huge with up to a 90" wingspan. They have a large pouch in the lower beak which they use to catch fish. These birds often fly in "squadrons", (a line of several birds) just above the water's surface. 1788
61 <strong>Western Flycatcher </strong>
<em>Empidonax dificilis</em>
This flycatcher sat on a piece of driftwood on the edge of the beach. It is fun to watch these birds as they dart out from their perch and catch insects in mid-air.

Western Flycatcher Empidonax dificilis This flycatcher sat on a piece of driftwood on the edge of the beach. It is fun to watch these birds as they dart out from their perch and catch insects in mid-air.

Western Flycatcher Empidonax dificilis This flycatcher sat on a piece of driftwood on the edge of the beach. It is fun to watch these birds as they dart out from their perch and catch insects in mid-air. 1678
62 It is common to find streaks of tar in the sand and tar balls on the beaches of southern California. There is a huge oil field that extends offshore, thus the oil platforms far off on the horizon.

It is common to find streaks of tar in the sand and tar balls on the beaches of southern California. There is a huge oil field that extends offshore, thus the oil platforms far off on the horizon.

It is common to find streaks of tar in the sand and tar balls on the beaches of southern California. There is a huge oil field that extends offshore, thus the oil platforms far off on the horizon. 1339
63 <strong>Hottentot Fig</strong>
<em>Carpobrotus edulis*</em>
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
This plant, a native of South Africa planted along shorelines and roadsides to cut down on erosion, has become a common naturalized plant all along the California...

Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulis* Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This plant, a native of South Africa planted along shorelines and roadsides to cut down on erosion, has become a common naturalized plant all along the California...

Hottentot Fig Carpobrotus edulis* Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This plant, a native of South Africa planted along shorelines and roadsides to cut down on erosion, has become a common naturalized plant all along the California coast. The flowers are very unusual. 1322
64 <strong>Sea Fig</strong>
<em>Carpobrotus chilensis*</em> / Aizoaceae 
Oxnard, CA
March 27, 2007
This is another common roadside plant along the California coast.

Sea Fig Carpobrotus chilensis* / Aizoaceae Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This is another common roadside plant along the California coast.

Sea Fig Carpobrotus chilensis* / Aizoaceae Oxnard, CA March 27, 2007 This is another common roadside plant along the California coast.


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65 I thought these red Ice Plant leaves were interesting looking!

I thought these red Ice Plant leaves were interesting looking!

I thought these red Ice Plant leaves were interesting looking! 2015
66 <strong>Pt. Mugu</strong> is just south of Oxnard on the Pacific Coast Highway. It is a beautiful area, unfortunately it is next to a Navy Seal practice firing range. It was a bit un-nerving walking along the beach and listening to machine gun fire! So...

Pt. Mugu is just south of Oxnard on the Pacific Coast Highway. It is a beautiful area, unfortunately it is next to a Navy Seal practice firing range. It was a bit un-nerving walking along the beach and listening to machine gun fire! So...

Pt. Mugu is just south of Oxnard on the Pacific Coast Highway. It is a beautiful area, unfortunately it is next to a Navy Seal practice firing range. It was a bit un-nerving walking along the beach and listening to machine gun fire! Some of the beaches in California are rocky, there's no sand to dig your toes into on this one! 1354
67 This was the only place I saw Giant Coreopsis blooming in the wild along the highway. It was growing on a steep cliff along with cactus and aloes. I had to take this photo across 4 lanes of Highway 1.

This was the only place I saw Giant Coreopsis blooming in the wild along the highway. It was growing on a steep cliff along with cactus and aloes. I had to take this photo across 4 lanes of Highway 1.

This was the only place I saw Giant Coreopsis blooming in the wild along the highway. It was growing on a steep cliff along with cactus and aloes. I had to take this photo across 4 lanes of Highway 1. 1292
68 <strong>Northern Shoveler</strong> ducks
<em>Anas clypeata</em>
Malibu, CA
March 28, 2007
These ducks have huge flattened bills used for dabbling on the bottom of the pond. We saw them on the trail to the beach at Malibu. The more colorful male is ...

Northern Shoveler ducks Anas clypeata Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 These ducks have huge flattened bills used for dabbling on the bottom of the pond. We saw them on the trail to the beach at Malibu. The more colorful male is ...

Northern Shoveler ducks Anas clypeata Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 These ducks have huge flattened bills used for dabbling on the bottom of the pond. We saw them on the trail to the beach at Malibu. The more colorful male is the one on the right. 1788
69 <strong>California Everlasting</strong>
<em>Gnaphalium californicum</em>
Malibu, CA
March 28, 2007
This plant gets its name from the way the flowers dry and remain on the plant after blooming. The ladybug is hunting small insects, it is not a polli...

California Everlasting Gnaphalium californicum Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 This plant gets its name from the way the flowers dry and remain on the plant after blooming. The ladybug is hunting small insects, it is not a polli...

California Everlasting Gnaphalium californicum Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 This plant gets its name from the way the flowers dry and remain on the plant after blooming. The ladybug is hunting small insects, it is not a pollinator. 1446
70 I liked this view of a <strong>Giant Kelp frond</strong> washed up on the beach. Kelp is not a plant, it is a type of algae and is in the kingdom Protista. Algae cells don't differentiate into leaves, stems, roots, or wood.

I liked this view of a Giant Kelp frond washed up on the beach. Kelp is not a plant, it is a type of algae and is in the kingdom Protista. Algae cells don't differentiate into leaves, stems, roots, or wood.

I liked this view of a Giant Kelp frond washed up on the beach. Kelp is not a plant, it is a type of algae and is in the kingdom Protista. Algae cells don't differentiate into leaves, stems, roots, or wood. 1552
71 We were delighted to come upon this wonderful tide pool when we went to the beach in Malibu. We found hermit crabs, sea anemones, and I found this huge sea urchin.  When I got back to school in TN the following week, I was telling some of the teachers ...

We were delighted to come upon this wonderful tide pool when we went to the beach in Malibu. We found hermit crabs, sea anemones, and I found this huge sea urchin. When I got back to school in TN the following week, I was telling some of the teachers ...

We were delighted to come upon this wonderful tide pool when we went to the beach in Malibu. We found hermit crabs, sea anemones, and I found this huge sea urchin. When I got back to school in TN the following week, I was telling some of the teachers about my trip. When I mentioned that we went to Malibu, one of the teachers excitedly asked if I saw any of the movie stars homes. I answered, "Uh, no, we went to a tide pool!" She said, "Kris, you do exactly what I would NOT do on my vacation!" :) I'll take a good tide pool over a movie star's home any time! 1651
72 <strong>Giant Red Sea Urchin</strong>
<em>Strongylocentrotus franciscanus</em>
Malibu, CA
March 28, 2007
Sea Urchins are <em>echinoderms</em> and are related to sea stars. They move on tiny tube feet. Their mouth is in the center of the lower part ...

Giant Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 Sea Urchins are echinoderms and are related to sea stars. They move on tiny tube feet. Their mouth is in the center of the lower part ...

Giant Red Sea Urchin Strongylocentrotus franciscanus Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 Sea Urchins are echinoderms and are related to sea stars. They move on tiny tube feet. Their mouth is in the center of the lower part of their body. Sea urchins eat seaweeds, if their numbers are not kept in check by sea otters and other animals, they can do a lot of damage to the kelp forests. The spines on the upper part of the sea urchin's shell are moveable. As I was photographing it, I heard Kenny yell, "Come here and look at this big snail!" (see next photo) 2174
73 <strong>Sea Hare</strong>
<em>Aplysia californica</em> 
Malibu, CA
March 28, 2007
Kenny first saw this Sea Hare as we walked along the rocks at the beach in Malibu. We were so lucky to get there at low tide so we could see these strange mollusks, s...

Sea Hare Aplysia californica Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 Kenny first saw this Sea Hare as we walked along the rocks at the beach in Malibu. We were so lucky to get there at low tide so we could see these strange mollusks, s...

Sea Hare Aplysia californica Malibu, CA March 28, 2007 Kenny first saw this Sea Hare as we walked along the rocks at the beach in Malibu. We were so lucky to get there at low tide so we could see these strange mollusks, sea anemones, hermit crabs, chitons, and limpets. Sea hares are herbivores, they eat seaweeds. It is interesting that they eat only seaweeds that are the same color as their bodies. Talk about picky eaters! They have poisonous skin that deters predators such as sea anemones. They can also produce an ink if disturbed, like their relatives the squid and octopus. 1633
74 <strong>Willet</strong>
<em>Catoptrophorus semipalmatus</em>
These birds are fun to watch as they run in the surf and poke around in the rocks as they search for food. Their long legs and long beak enable them to move easily among the rocks and in th...

Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus These birds are fun to watch as they run in the surf and poke around in the rocks as they search for food. Their long legs and long beak enable them to move easily among the rocks and in th...

Willet Catoptrophorus semipalmatus These birds are fun to watch as they run in the surf and poke around in the rocks as they search for food. Their long legs and long beak enable them to move easily among the rocks and in the surf to find small animals to eat. 1582
75 We were amazed to watch the Sea Gulls drop mussel shells on the rocks in the tide pool during low tide. The bird dropped the mussel from about 15 - 20 feet, it was interesting that it could find it among all the rocks. After a few times, the mussel's s...

We were amazed to watch the Sea Gulls drop mussel shells on the rocks in the tide pool during low tide. The bird dropped the mussel from about 15 - 20 feet, it was interesting that it could find it among all the rocks. After a few times, the mussel's s...

We were amazed to watch the Sea Gulls drop mussel shells on the rocks in the tide pool during low tide. The bird dropped the mussel from about 15 - 20 feet, it was interesting that it could find it among all the rocks. After a few times, the mussel's shells would finally open and the animal was gobbled down by the gull. I don't know if this trick is a learned behavior or instinct. 1442
76 <strong>Snowy Plover</strong>
<em>Charadrius alexandrinus</em> 
Malibu, CA
These tiny shorebirds are so well camouflaged, they blend in with the sand. Dogs are not allowed on many beaches to protect the birds' nesting areas.

Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Malibu, CA These tiny shorebirds are so well camouflaged, they blend in with the sand. Dogs are not allowed on many beaches to protect the birds' nesting areas.

Snowy Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Malibu, CA These tiny shorebirds are so well camouflaged, they blend in with the sand. Dogs are not allowed on many beaches to protect the birds' nesting areas. 1909
77 This Surfer finally caught a wave off the Malibu beach after several disappointing attempts. Despite the big storm 2 days earlier, there were not many big waves.

This Surfer finally caught a wave off the Malibu beach after several disappointing attempts. Despite the big storm 2 days earlier, there were not many big waves.

This Surfer finally caught a wave off the Malibu beach after several disappointing attempts. Despite the big storm 2 days earlier, there were not many big waves. 1715
78 <strong>Showy Island Snapdragon</strong> vine
<em>Galvezia speciosa</em>
<span style="color: purple;"> Rare!</span>
This beautiful red-flowered vine was growing along the trail to the beach at Malibu.

Showy Island Snapdragon vine Galvezia speciosa Rare! This beautiful red-flowered vine was growing along the trail to the beach at Malibu.

Showy Island Snapdragon vine Galvezia speciosa Rare! This beautiful red-flowered vine was growing along the trail to the beach at Malibu.


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79 Malibu Beach homes and birds. It is amazing to see where people put their homes in California! It must get interesting sometimes when the fierce winter storms pound the beach. Wildfires can race up the hillsides during drought conditions taking expensi...

Malibu Beach homes and birds. It is amazing to see where people put their homes in California! It must get interesting sometimes when the fierce winter storms pound the beach. Wildfires can race up the hillsides during drought conditions taking expensi...

Malibu Beach homes and birds. It is amazing to see where people put their homes in California! It must get interesting sometimes when the fierce winter storms pound the beach. Wildfires can race up the hillsides during drought conditions taking expensive homes. A serious side-effect of summer wildfires is winter landslides caused by the loss of vegetation. 1410
80 We enjoyed watching this guy kitesurfing off-shore in Malibu. He caught one large gust of wind and did a flip in the air! He was really zooming along!

We enjoyed watching this guy kitesurfing off-shore in Malibu. He caught one large gust of wind and did a flip in the air! He was really zooming along!

We enjoyed watching this guy kitesurfing off-shore in Malibu. He caught one large gust of wind and did a flip in the air! He was really zooming along! 1271
81 We had a hard time finding a parking place when we went to this beach. There was a full Camera Crew setting up for a shoot, we never found out if it was for a movie or a commercial. The small white travel trailers behind the semis are Star trailers. We...

We had a hard time finding a parking place when we went to this beach. There was a full Camera Crew setting up for a shoot, we never found out if it was for a movie or a commercial. The small white travel trailers behind the semis are Star trailers. We...

We had a hard time finding a parking place when we went to this beach. There was a full Camera Crew setting up for a shoot, we never found out if it was for a movie or a commercial. The small white travel trailers behind the semis are Star trailers. We didn't see any stars! Only in California would you have to compete for space with movie cameras at the beach! 1403
82 We had to take the road up Topanga Canyon in order to avoid going through Los Angeles at rush hour (at 3:30 p.m.). It was an interesting highway, very steep with some beautiful homes. I had heard of this canyon from seeing it on the news in years past ...

We had to take the road up Topanga Canyon in order to avoid going through Los Angeles at rush hour (at 3:30 p.m.). It was an interesting highway, very steep with some beautiful homes. I had heard of this canyon from seeing it on the news in years past ...

We had to take the road up Topanga Canyon in order to avoid going through Los Angeles at rush hour (at 3:30 p.m.). It was an interesting highway, very steep with some beautiful homes. I had heard of this canyon from seeing it on the news in years past when it suffered from wildfires. 2728
83 A precariously positioned house in Topanga Canyon! I had to snap this photo very quickly from the car as we drove up the highway (thus the unfortunately positioned powerlines).

A precariously positioned house in Topanga Canyon! I had to snap this photo very quickly from the car as we drove up the highway (thus the unfortunately positioned powerlines).

A precariously positioned house in Topanga Canyon! I had to snap this photo very quickly from the car as we drove up the highway (thus the unfortunately positioned powerlines). 1391
84 <strong>Sugar Bush</strong>
<em>Rhus ovata</em>
Topanga, CA
March 28, 2007
This shrub was blooming along the canyon as we were driving down to Hwy. 101.

Sugar Bush Rhus ovata Topanga, CA March 28, 2007 This shrub was blooming along the canyon as we were driving down to Hwy. 101.

Sugar Bush Rhus ovata Topanga, CA March 28, 2007 This shrub was blooming along the canyon as we were driving down to Hwy. 101.


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85 You have to experience the traffic in the Los Angeles to believe it! This was a 6-lane highway (on both sides!) and at times we were creeping along at 15 mph at 4 p.m.! I just can't imagine having to go through this every day! We learned that you don't...

You have to experience the traffic in the Los Angeles to believe it! This was a 6-lane highway (on both sides!) and at times we were creeping along at 15 mph at 4 p.m.! I just can't imagine having to go through this every day! We learned that you don't...

You have to experience the traffic in the Los Angeles to believe it! This was a 6-lane highway (on both sides!) and at times we were creeping along at 15 mph at 4 p.m.! I just can't imagine having to go through this every day! We learned that you don't use your turn signal when you want to get in front of someone, they will just speed up! There is no "Southern Hospitality" in southern California! It's not surprising that road rage is such a problem here. 1536
86 One day we drove down to San Diego and saw the <strong>Cabrillo National Monument</strong>. The views of the harbor were spectacular from the clifftop.

One day we drove down to San Diego and saw the Cabrillo National Monument. The views of the harbor were spectacular from the clifftop.

One day we drove down to San Diego and saw the Cabrillo National Monument. The views of the harbor were spectacular from the clifftop. 1448
87 <strong>Sea Dahlia</strong>
<em>Coreopsis maritima</em>
San Diego, CA
March 29, 2007
This was another "target plant", it was planted at the visitor center at Cabrillo National Monument.

Sea Dahlia Coreopsis maritima San Diego, CA March 29, 2007 This was another "target plant", it was planted at the visitor center at Cabrillo National Monument.

Sea Dahlia Coreopsis maritima San Diego, CA March 29, 2007 This was another "target plant", it was planted at the visitor center at Cabrillo National Monument.


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88 <strong>San Diego Harbor</strong> seen from the Cabrillo National Monument. This was where Spanish explorers first arrived on the California coast.

San Diego Harbor seen from the Cabrillo National Monument. This was where Spanish explorers first arrived on the California coast.

San Diego Harbor seen from the Cabrillo National Monument. This was where Spanish explorers first arrived on the California coast. 1459
89 We saw this Navy ship and helicopter from the overlook. The Navy and the Marines have large bases in San Diego.

We saw this Navy ship and helicopter from the overlook. The Navy and the Marines have large bases in San Diego.

We saw this Navy ship and helicopter from the overlook. The Navy and the Marines have large bases in San Diego. 1376
90 The pretty little <strong>Pt. Loma lighthouse</strong> is located on the cliff above the national monument. 
<a href="http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF8&hl=en&msa=0&ll=32.744547,-117.160263&spn=0.297427,0.625534&t=p&z=11&om=1&msid=1110484281629973...

The pretty little Pt. Loma lighthouse is located on the cliff above the national monument.

The pretty little Pt. Loma lighthouse is located on the cliff above the national monument. map... 1919
91 <strong>Red Ice plant</strong>
<em>Malephora crocea</em>
San Diego, CA
March 29, 2007
This plant has round leaves in comparison to the angled leaves of the Hottentot Fig and the Sea Fig.

Red Ice plant Malephora crocea San Diego, CA March 29, 2007 This plant has round leaves in comparison to the angled leaves of the Hottentot Fig and the Sea Fig.

Red Ice plant Malephora crocea San Diego, CA March 29, 2007 This plant has round leaves in comparison to the angled leaves of the Hottentot Fig and the Sea Fig.


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92 The <strong>Pt. Loma Tide Pool</strong> is located below the cliffs. It was so trampled by numerous visitors, we didn't see as many animals as we had in Malibu.

The Pt. Loma Tide Pool is located below the cliffs. It was so trampled by numerous visitors, we didn't see as many animals as we had in Malibu.

The Pt. Loma Tide Pool is located below the cliffs. It was so trampled by numerous visitors, we didn't see as many animals as we had in Malibu. 1379
93 <strong>Goose Barnacles</strong> and Mussels
<em>Lepas</em> sp. 
Goose barnacles grow on a stalk (like a goose neck). They are exposed to the air for a few hours during low tide. They close their shells tightly until the water rises again. Barnacles ...

Goose Barnacles and Mussels Lepas sp. Goose barnacles grow on a stalk (like a goose neck). They are exposed to the air for a few hours during low tide. They close their shells tightly until the water rises again. Barnacles ...

Goose Barnacles and Mussels Lepas sp. Goose barnacles grow on a stalk (like a goose neck). They are exposed to the air for a few hours during low tide. They close their shells tightly until the water rises again. Barnacles are filter feeders, they extend 5 "fingers" which they wave in the water to catch small animals. Note the small barnacles growing on the mussel shells, no space is wasted in a tide pool! 1407
94 <strong>Piddock Clam</strong>
<em>Penitella penita</em>
These Rock-burrowing mollusks have a shell with a rough set of ridges that they use to grind holes in solid rock, a pretty good way to protect themselves! Clams are filter feeders. These animals...

Piddock Clam Penitella penita These Rock-burrowing mollusks have a shell with a rough set of ridges that they use to grind holes in solid rock, a pretty good way to protect themselves! Clams are filter feeders. These animals...

Piddock Clam Penitella penita These Rock-burrowing mollusks have a shell with a rough set of ridges that they use to grind holes in solid rock, a pretty good way to protect themselves! Clams are filter feeders. These animals can live in the rocks up to 8 years. When they die, they leave an empty hole that can be used by crabs, sea anemones and other animals (called "metabiosis". 3110
95 These <strong>Limpets </strong> scour holes in the sandstone to secure a home for themselves.
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These Limpets scour holes in the sandstone to secure a home for themselves.

These Limpets scour holes in the sandstone to secure a home for themselves. 1416
96 <strong>Hermit Crab</strong>
<em>Pagurus samuelis</em>
I was amused by the little blue spots on these hermit crabs. On a previous trip I learned not to collect these Turban shells, even if they looked empty. I had found some on the beach earlier in t...

Hermit Crab Pagurus samuelis I was amused by the little blue spots on these hermit crabs. On a previous trip I learned not to collect these Turban shells, even if they looked empty. I had found some on the beach earlier in t...

Hermit Crab Pagurus samuelis I was amused by the little blue spots on these hermit crabs. On a previous trip I learned not to collect these Turban shells, even if they looked empty. I had found some on the beach earlier in the day, in the middle of the night I heard a scratching sound in the hotel room. I was sick when I realized the sound was being caused by hermit crabs that had emerged from the "empty" shells I had collected! :( We were leaving the next morning, so I couldn't take them back. Hermit crabs use the empty shells of gastropods as their homes (called "metabiosis", a form of commensalism). When they outgrow a shell they have to look for a bigger one. 1605
97 These Anemones found the old limpet holes to be a great home. They were safe from the hundreds of trampling feet of the tourists. These anemones stick small rocks, shells, and pieces of seaweed on the outside of their bodies to protect themselves. They...

These Anemones found the old limpet holes to be a great home. They were safe from the hundreds of trampling feet of the tourists. These anemones stick small rocks, shells, and pieces of seaweed on the outside of their bodies to protect themselves. They...

These Anemones found the old limpet holes to be a great home. They were safe from the hundreds of trampling feet of the tourists. These anemones stick small rocks, shells, and pieces of seaweed on the outside of their bodies to protect themselves. They close up when the tide goes out and they are exposed to the air. 1579
98 <strong>Solitary Green Anemone</strong>
<em>Anthopleura sola</em>
Sometimes it is hard to get out of the "teacher mode" when I am away from school, I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying something when I saw a middle school-aged girl poke her fi...

Solitary Green Anemone Anthopleura sola Sometimes it is hard to get out of the "teacher mode" when I am away from school, I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying something when I saw a middle school-aged girl poke her fi...

Solitary Green Anemone Anthopleura sola Sometimes it is hard to get out of the "teacher mode" when I am away from school, I had to bite my tongue to keep from saying something when I saw a middle school-aged girl poke her finger into the middle of an anemone like this one. I thought to myself, "Too bad it doesn't have teeth so it could bite her!" 1296
99 On our last full day in California we took the commuter train into Los Angeles, we didn't want to have to fight the traffic. The 40-mile round-trip train ride cost $15.50 each and it was worth every penny.

On our last full day in California we took the commuter train into Los Angeles, we didn't want to have to fight the traffic. The 40-mile round-trip train ride cost $15.50 each and it was worth every penny.

On our last full day in California we took the commuter train into Los Angeles, we didn't want to have to fight the traffic. The 40-mile round-trip train ride cost $15.50 each and it was worth every penny. 1294
100 The river channels in Los Angeles are concrete. I shot this view from the train. Like everything else in LA, the walls of the channel are "decorated" with graffiti. People must have to spend a lot on paint to cover up what the "taggers" leave behind.

The river channels in Los Angeles are concrete. I shot this view from the train. Like everything else in LA, the walls of the channel are "decorated" with graffiti. People must have to spend a lot on paint to cover up what the "taggers" leave behind.

The river channels in Los Angeles are concrete. I shot this view from the train. Like everything else in LA, the walls of the channel are "decorated" with graffiti. People must have to spend a lot on paint to cover up what the "taggers" leave behind. 1509
101 This gate welcomes visitors to Chinatown.

This gate welcomes visitors to Chinatown.

This gate welcomes visitors to Chinatown. 1207
102 A Chinatown alley

A Chinatown alley

A Chinatown alley 1234
103 These men in Chinatown were playing mah jong (I'm not sure if I spelled that right!).

These men in Chinatown were playing mah jong (I'm not sure if I spelled that right!).

These men in Chinatown were playing mah jong (I'm not sure if I spelled that right!). 1358
104 Chinatown's architecture is colorful and fascinating. I wish we could have had more time there.

Chinatown's architecture is colorful and fascinating. I wish we could have had more time there.

Chinatown's architecture is colorful and fascinating. I wish we could have had more time there. 1186
105 The <strong>Walk of Fame</strong> in Hollywood has over 2300 stars. We saw them as soon as we stepped out on the sidewalk from the subway. I couldn't resist having my picture made with Kermit the Frog's star! The European kids behind me were looking at...

The Walk of Fame in Hollywood has over 2300 stars. We saw them as soon as we stepped out on the sidewalk from the subway. I couldn't resist having my picture made with Kermit the Frog's star! The European kids behind me were looking at...

The Walk of Fame in Hollywood has over 2300 stars. We saw them as soon as we stepped out on the sidewalk from the subway. I couldn't resist having my picture made with Kermit the Frog's star! The European kids behind me were looking at Jackie Chan's star. 1243
106 While we were in Hollywood a wildfire erupted in Griffith Park, some teenagers from Illinois admitted to setting it while playing with lighters! The famous Hollywood sign is visible on the right end of the hillside in this photo. We had a good view of ...

While we were in Hollywood a wildfire erupted in Griffith Park, some teenagers from Illinois admitted to setting it while playing with lighters! The famous Hollywood sign is visible on the right end of the hillside in this photo. We had a good view of ...

While we were in Hollywood a wildfire erupted in Griffith Park, some teenagers from Illinois admitted to setting it while playing with lighters! The famous Hollywood sign is visible on the right end of the hillside in this photo. We had a good view of the fire because the bus driver let us off 4-1/2 blocks from the La Brea Tar Pits. When I looked at the AAA map of LA the walk didn't look too bad. We soon learned however, each block was a mile! We got in an interesting "urban hike" that day! 1404
107 Grauman's Chinese theater has hand and foot prints of movie and TV stars pressed into concrete. We enjoyed seeing those of Roy Rogers and Trigger. I never expected to see tracks and signs of "wildlife" on Hollywood Boulevard!;)

Grauman's Chinese theater has hand and foot prints of movie and TV stars pressed into concrete. We enjoyed seeing those of Roy Rogers and Trigger. I never expected to see tracks and signs of "wildlife" on Hollywood Boulevard!;)

Grauman's Chinese theater has hand and foot prints of movie and TV stars pressed into concrete. We enjoyed seeing those of Roy Rogers and Trigger. I never expected to see tracks and signs of "wildlife" on Hollywood Boulevard!;) 1898
108 It took a 4-1/2 mile walk to reach the <strong>Page Museum</strong> thanks to a bus driver who didn't know where we wanted to go, but we finally made it. I have wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits for years, so it was worth the walk.

It took a 4-1/2 mile walk to reach the Page Museum thanks to a bus driver who didn't know where we wanted to go, but we finally made it. I have wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits for years, so it was worth the walk.

It took a 4-1/2 mile walk to reach the Page Museum thanks to a bus driver who didn't know where we wanted to go, but we finally made it. I have wanted to see the La Brea Tar Pits for years, so it was worth the walk. 1205
109 There is a large lake of oozing tar and water at the entrance of the <strong>LaBrea tarpits</strong>. I was disappointed that I couldn't get a better photo of the mammoth models through the fence. Too bad there aren't "camera holes" between the little ...

There is a large lake of oozing tar and water at the entrance of the LaBrea tarpits. I was disappointed that I couldn't get a better photo of the mammoth models through the fence. Too bad there aren't "camera holes" between the little ...

There is a large lake of oozing tar and water at the entrance of the LaBrea tarpits. I was disappointed that I couldn't get a better photo of the mammoth models through the fence. Too bad there aren't "camera holes" between the little bars so visitors can get a better view. Ancient animals got caught in the tar like these models, in time they decomposed and their bones became fossilized in the tar. The adjacent museum has thousands of fossils that were dug from the pits. 1338
110 This is one of the panels on the entrance of the Page Museum. It depicts scenes of mammoths, sloths, sabertooth cats, vultures, early horses, dire wolves, and other ancient animals at the tar pits long ago.

This is one of the panels on the entrance of the Page Museum. It depicts scenes of mammoths, sloths, sabertooth cats, vultures, early horses, dire wolves, and other ancient animals at the tar pits long ago.

This is one of the panels on the entrance of the Page Museum. It depicts scenes of mammoths, sloths, sabertooth cats, vultures, early horses, dire wolves, and other ancient animals at the tar pits long ago. 1201
111 The Page Museum contains thousands of fossils from the tar pits.

The Page Museum contains thousands of fossils from the tar pits.

The Page Museum contains thousands of fossils from the tar pits. 1217
112 This oily sheen was on the water of the main pit. "La Brea" means <em>tar</em> in Spanish.

This oily sheen was on the water of the main pit. "La Brea" means tar in Spanish.

This oily sheen was on the water of the main pit. "La Brea" means tar in Spanish. 1184
113 This small tar pit at LaBrea had very sticky, gooey tar. It is not hard to understand how animals could get stuck in these pits.

This small tar pit at LaBrea had very sticky, gooey tar. It is not hard to understand how animals could get stuck in these pits.

This small tar pit at LaBrea had very sticky, gooey tar. It is not hard to understand how animals could get stuck in these pits. 1616
114 Many Smilodon, or Saber-tooth Cat fossils have been found at La Brea. These large carnivores would attack other animals that  had become trapped in the tar pits, not realizing they too would perish. Fossils that have formed in the tar pits are dark, th...

Many Smilodon, or Saber-tooth Cat fossils have been found at La Brea. These large carnivores would attack other animals that had become trapped in the tar pits, not realizing they too would perish. Fossils that have formed in the tar pits are dark, th...

Many Smilodon, or Saber-tooth Cat fossils have been found at La Brea. These large carnivores would attack other animals that had become trapped in the tar pits, not realizing they too would perish. Fossils that have formed in the tar pits are dark, they are different than those that formed in sedimentary rock. 1924
115 This extinct giant sloth was found in the La Brea Tar Pits.

This extinct giant sloth was found in the La Brea Tar Pits.

This extinct giant sloth was found in the La Brea Tar Pits. 1629
116 This male <strong>Dire Wolf</strong> skeleton is one of many in this display at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. These animals became extinct long ago, but according to the large numbers of their fossils, they were quite common around 28,000 ye...

This male Dire Wolf skeleton is one of many in this display at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. These animals became extinct long ago, but according to the large numbers of their fossils, they were quite common around 28,000 ye...

This male Dire Wolf skeleton is one of many in this display at the Page Museum at the La Brea Tar Pits. These animals became extinct long ago, but according to the large numbers of their fossils, they were quite common around 28,000 years ago. 2291
117 There was a display of 400 Dire Wolf skulls on one wall of the Page Museum. The animals were discovered in the La Brea Tar Pits.

There was a display of 400 Dire Wolf skulls on one wall of the Page Museum. The animals were discovered in the La Brea Tar Pits.

There was a display of 400 Dire Wolf skulls on one wall of the Page Museum. The animals were discovered in the La Brea Tar Pits. 1435
118 These women are cleaning and separating tiny fossils. They used the bristles of a paint brush to gently move the tiny pieces as they looked through a strong magnifier. Wow, talk about having patience! This photo was taken through the window of the view...

These women are cleaning and separating tiny fossils. They used the bristles of a paint brush to gently move the tiny pieces as they looked through a strong magnifier. Wow, talk about having patience! This photo was taken through the window of the view...

These women are cleaning and separating tiny fossils. They used the bristles of a paint brush to gently move the tiny pieces as they looked through a strong magnifier. Wow, talk about having patience! This photo was taken through the window of the viewing area. 1236
119 This shiny black Lizard was sunning itself on a rock in a canyon near Ontario. We had a late afternoon flight and I couldn't stand the thought of staying in the airport for hours waiting for our flight home, so we headed out of town and up to the mount...

This shiny black Lizard was sunning itself on a rock in a canyon near Ontario. We had a late afternoon flight and I couldn't stand the thought of staying in the airport for hours waiting for our flight home, so we headed out of town and up to the mount...

This shiny black Lizard was sunning itself on a rock in a canyon near Ontario. We had a late afternoon flight and I couldn't stand the thought of staying in the airport for hours waiting for our flight home, so we headed out of town and up to the mountains. It was a good decision, we saw many nice things! 1527
120 After I took this photo a young girl came up to me and asked, "Excuse me, but what are you taking a picture of?" I showed her this beautiful, wavy piece of gneiss. I also showed her some nearby pieces of spotted black and white granite. I explained the...

After I took this photo a young girl came up to me and asked, "Excuse me, but what are you taking a picture of?" I showed her this beautiful, wavy piece of gneiss. I also showed her some nearby pieces of spotted black and white granite. I explained the...

After I took this photo a young girl came up to me and asked, "Excuse me, but what are you taking a picture of?" I showed her this beautiful, wavy piece of gneiss. I also showed her some nearby pieces of spotted black and white granite. I explained the granite became gneiss over time and under extreme heat and pressure. I can't turn down a good teachable moment! :) 1545
121 <strong>Bush Poppy</strong> with a bee
<em>Dendromecon rigida</em>
San Antonio Heights, CA
March 31, 2007
These lovely yellow poppies grow on a small shrub. I found these in a canyon above Ontario.

Bush Poppy with a bee Dendromecon rigida San Antonio Heights, CA March 31, 2007 These lovely yellow poppies grow on a small shrub. I found these in a canyon above Ontario.

Bush Poppy with a bee Dendromecon rigida San Antonio Heights, CA March 31, 2007 These lovely yellow poppies grow on a small shrub. I found these in a canyon above Ontario. 1389
122 <strong>Bush Poppy</strong> 
<em>Dendromecon rigida</em>
San Antonio Heights, CA
March 31, 2007

Bush Poppy Dendromecon rigida San Antonio Heights, CA March 31, 2007

Bush Poppy Dendromecon rigida San Antonio Heights, CA March 31, 2007


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123 A large yellow Pea
I have searched the internet and all of my western books to identify this flower. If anyone can identify it, I would appreciate your help!

A large yellow Pea I have searched the internet and all of my western books to identify this flower. If anyone can identify it, I would appreciate your help!

A large yellow Pea I have searched the internet and all of my western books to identify this flower. If anyone can identify it, I would appreciate your help! 1589

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