Sunday, February 5, 2012

Bloomin' By the Bay

Click on the illustration above to enter bloom time

I know we're not supposed to brag about the weather.

But the California Bay Laurel is in bloom. Hard not to feel a little spring in the path under my feet.

Found this blooming' baby on Sawyer Camp Trail, along the Crystal Springs Reservoir.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Just A Little Deeper My Dear: Land of the Hemi-Parasite

Click on the illustration above to head deeper into the woods

Pedicularis densiflora, a particularly attractive member of the Scrophulariaceae family and commonly known hereabouts as "Indian Warrior",  is getting an early start on spring by taking advantage of a nearby Coast Live Oak, in that way that hemi-parasites have. 

I spotted this particular sweetie at my favorite hangout, Edgewood Park in San Mateo County.