I went on a hike today, up in the coastal hills near Los Angeles. I took a trail along a (dry) streambed up through a canyon, which is variously known as George F. Canyon or Georgeff Canyon. No one knows who George (or Georgeff) was – they just found it on an old map when they dedicated the nature preserve.
There was SO. MUCH. POISON OAK. You really do not want to stray much from the path here!
#nature #plants #florespondence #trees #hiking #PoisonOak
Butterfly-friendly native CA plants purchased from a local conservation group have collected a caterpillar! Looks like a Sphynx moth.
Now I just need to finish transplanting the rest of the plants into the actual ground!
#nature #plants #butterflies #moths #garden #caterpillar
We have a flock – or more likely several flocks – of feral parakeets in town. I saw these two going after the sunflowers in someone's front yard.
On iNaturalist (1)
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#florespondence from last weekend’s walk at the botanic gardens.
I didn’t write down what the yellow flower is, but iNat suggests it’s Senna didymobotrya, a cassia native to Africa.
The magnolia was a popular nectar spot: every single flower that I could see had multiple bees crawling around in it.
#flowers #plants #nature #photo
Green and purple flowers at a botanical garden. I can’t remember what the plants are, but the purple puffballs appear to be mimosas.
#garden #nature #plants #flowers #florespondence #photo
Not a claw, though it looks remarkably like one. It’s a chunk of iceplant partly buried in the sand.
#photo #blackandwhite #sand #plants
Evening primrose and some kind of brome in the open space near a bike path.
#flowers #plants #EveningPrimrose #nature #photo
Daisies growing in the grass at a park. Only a few of them had the purple tinge on the petals