11/13/10 View of entrance to visitor center from parking lot (one of the new light posts visible on the left).
We were there yesterday morning for the Nature Conservancy's annual fall native plant sale, and I had fun chatting with Charlie, one of the gals who regularly helps out at the SRP plant sales. She had a beautiful Rosy Boa on her hand, literally, and that was the main topic of our conversation. His name is "Jie Jie" and he's a Rosy Boa from the Box Canyon area of E. Riverside County. Apparently, Rosy Boas vary in color, depending on the region they hail from. Charlie also brought me to a back room of the visitor center to see a captive Rosy Boa that is native to the Plateau, and it was clear that this one had much darker colors compared to Jie Jie's. Such a treat to see these native reptiles!
11/13/10 "Jie Jie." Rosy Boa (Lichanura trivirgata).
11/13/10 SRP Plant sale.
My purchases: 'Warriner Lytle' Buckwheat (prostrate form of Eriogononum fasciculatum, a selection from Theodore Payne Foundation), Clustered field sedge (Carex praegracillis), Hollyleaf Redberry (Rhamnus ilicifolia), Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia-grown from acorns collected on the Plateau), Western Redbud (Cercis occidentalis), 'Twin Peaks' Dwarf Coyote brush (Baccharis pilularis), Torrey Pine (Pinus torreyana-according to Charlie, it's a seedling from a Torrey Pine growing on the Santa Rosa Ranch?), California Fescue (Festuca californica). Non-natives: Mountain Marigold (Tagetes lemonii) and 'Sierra Bouquet' Texas Ranger (Leucophyllum pruinosum).