Mount Hamilton - 5/7/2021

Today I returned to Mount Hamilton, didn't go all the way around Livermore this time, but did go up 130 over and a bit down Del Puerto, then back the same way. It was beautiful, lots of flowers, and an interesting variety. Last time the lower elevations were colorful, with goldfields in the valleys, but today those were brown and the higher elevations are more colorful. Thankfully not many people on the road, I drove slowly, stopped frequently, backed up down the road several times and was generally in "I brake for wildflowers" mode. Missed at least one I'd have liked to stop and see (some sort of Orobanche?), since there were no turnouts at all nearby, dammit.

Highlights included several nice patches of Thermopsis, one very satisfying area of Fairy Fans (Clarkia breweri), Whispering bells (Emmenanthe penduliflora) with burnt chaparral, several flavors of sunflowers, and the Blazing stars are still going strong. As elsewhere, there were LOTS of Purple Chinese houses, often covering large areas under burnt oaks. This is their year.

More later, once I process photos...

Publicado el 08 de mayo de 2021 por newtpatrol newtpatrol

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Orejas de Mula (Wyethia angustifolia)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 09:57 MAÑANA PDT

Descripción

What a wonderful patch! Nice to see some native yellow, among the fields of Hawksbeard that are otherwise covering Grant right now.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 10:16 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 10:28 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 10:39 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 10:42 MAÑANA PDT

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These looked odd, I'm not sure if they're a mutant of a common Delphinium or a different species.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 2021

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No idea who this is. The leaves were scented. Just one or two on a fairly bare, rocky roadside.

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Girasoles Y Parientes (Tribu Heliantheae)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 2021

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:02 MAÑANA PDT

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Once again, there were zillions of these in areas that burned last year. It's their year!

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:08 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:13 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:16 MAÑANA PDT

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Madi (Madia sativa)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:19 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:25 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:36 MAÑANA PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 2021

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 11:52 MAÑANA PDT

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There were a few others further along in bloom elsewhere on the road, but they were always in a spot without a turnout anywhere nearby.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 12:10 PM PDT

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Along with quite a diversity of other flowers in a place that burned last year.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 12:15 PM PDT

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Along with quite a diversity of other flowers in a place that burned last year.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 12:21 PM PDT

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Along with quite a diversity of other flowers in a place that burned last year.

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Colibrí Cabeza Roja (Calypte anna)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 12:56 PM PDT

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This burned hillside had a lot of Red Larkspurs (Delphinium nudicale), attended to by this hummingbird. Unfortunately I didn't get great photos. Likely an Anna's since they're common around here, but maybe not?

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 12:43 PM PDT

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Quite a few going up this hillside, in an area that burned last year. Complete with hummingbird attendant.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 01:16 PM PDT

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Many patches of these along the road.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 01:22 PM PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 01:32 PM PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 2021

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What a treat to see a scattering of these, in one spot.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 02:19 PM PDT

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In an area that looked like it burned pretty well last year, fairly scorched earth, with a few interesting plants coming up. Just a few Whispering Bells here and there. Interesting scent.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 02:31 PM PDT

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In an area that burned last year, fairly scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants around.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 02:35 PM PDT

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In an area that burned last year, fairly scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants around.

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Amapola (Eschscholzia caespitosa)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 02:55 PM PDT

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Small poppies, quite a few of them along this stretch of road.

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Vaquita Convergente (Hippodamia convergens)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 03:03 PM PDT

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On Yerba Santa

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 03:21 PM PDT

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Several nice patches of these along the road, especially in places that burned last year.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 03:37 PM PDT

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Still blooming strong!

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 04:03 PM PDT

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Lots of these thriving in chaparral that burned last year. Interesting scent.

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Jaramagos o Mostazas Silvestres (Género Sisymbrium)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 04:11 PM PDT

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In an area that burned last year

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Zanahoria de Monte (Daucus pusillus)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 04:16 PM PDT

Descripción

In an area that burned last year

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Alhelí de Montaña (Erysimum capitatum)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 04:33 PM PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 04:36 PM PDT

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Very small and slender, hard to photograph in a useful way.

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Ácaros (Superorden Acariformes)

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 04:40 PM PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 02:27 PM PDT

Descripción

In an area that burned pretty well last year, rather scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants.

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 01:09 PM PDT

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newtpatrol

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Mayo 7, 2021 a las 02:23 PM PDT

Descripción

In an area that burned pretty well last year, rather scorched earth, with a few other interesting plants.

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