4/2/10 Trailhead a short distance down from the fire road.
4/2/10 Deer Grass (Muhlenbergia rigens), Vista Grande Trail.
The virtues of Deer Grass, both in the native and cultivated landscape, are unrivaled. They were and are used in Native American basketry, and make for dramatic specimen plants in the garden. At their best, they may tower at 5' tall by almost as wide. They are also drought tolerant and stunning in drifts or on banks (good for erosion control). I have about half a dozen of these planted along our slightly sloping driveway. Propagation is quite easy, by root division or seeds.
4/2/10 A "Tenaja," or basin where water is collected and retained from otherwise seasonal creeks. Vista Grande Trail. Habitat for California Newts, Red-legged frogs and Western Pond Turtles.
4/2/10 Vista Grande Trail
4/2/10 Acmon Blue? (Plebejus acmon) on Angel's Gilia (Gilia angelensis). Vista Grande Trail. I'm still a greenhorn with our six-legged critters, so if you know better, please don't tase me sis or bro!
4/2/10 Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 Ground Pinks (Linanthus dianthiflorus). Vista Grande trail.
4/2/10 Propertius Duskywing? (Erynnis propertius) on Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitutum). Vista Grande Trail. Again, I'm no butterfly expert, but am relying here on the Kaufman Focus Guide "Butterflies of North America."
4/2/10 Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 Meadow Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila pedunculata). Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 Wild Cucumber (Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus). Yowzah...looks like a Medieval weapon of torture, but the prickles are actually on the soft side. Not something you'd want to use in your salad, though. Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 Angel's Gilia (Gilia angelensis). Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 Johnny Jump Ups (Viola pedunculata). Vista Grande Trail. I would love to try these in my garden, but can't find a nursery or seed source.
4/2/10 Checkerbloom (Sidalcea malviflora ssp. sparsiflora). Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 Dove Lupine/Miniature Lupine (Lupinus bicolor). Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 An unusual white-flowered form of our native iris, Blue-Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum). Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 The regular form of Blue-Eyed Grass, with bluish-purple blooms (Sisyrinchium bellum). Vista Grande Trail.
4/2/10 Wild Hyacinth/Blue Dicks (Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum). Vista Grande Trail.
We meandered along the Vista Grande trail for about a mile until we reached the junction with Waterline Rd., and then veered right in that direction for a leisurely hike back to the Visitor Center.
4/2/10 Vista Grande Trail at Waterline Road.
4/2/10 Trail junction, Vista Grande Trail & Waterline Road.
4/2/10 Long-Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys). Waterline Road.
4/2/10 Red Maid (Calandrinia ciliata). Waterline Road.
4/2/10 Red-skinned Onion (Allium haematochiton). Waterline Road.
4/2/10 Owl's Clover (Castilleja densiflora). Waterline Road.