Wildflower of the Week: Star Lily

March 8, 2013

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Star Lily (Zigadenus Toxicoscordion fremontii), AKA Fremont’s Death Camus or Star Zigadene, at Garland Regional Park

It’s been a strange season so far, with heavy rain in the fall, followed by the driest January/February on record. But one flower that seems to be thriving in these odd conditions is the star lily – now abundantly blooming pretty much anywhere you look in Monterey County. Read the rest of this entry »


Veteran’s Day at Mt. Carmel & Pine Creek

November 13, 2012

Bottcher’s Gap Read the rest of this entry »


Blue Moon Rising

August 31, 2012

August in Big Sur Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Dwarf Brodiaea

August 4, 2012

Deep in the Pt. Lobos woods, there’s a dwarf brodiaea (Brodiaea terrestris) that always seems to bloom a little later than the others. It’s in bloom now so, in honor of that event, we’re making it our Wildflower of the Week.

The late-blooming brodiaea Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Opium Poppies

June 30, 2012

Papaver somniferum, the opium poppy, in one of its many guises (Photo: publicphoto.org)

We’re making opium poppies our Wildflower of the Week due to an article on page 11 of this week’s Carmel Pine Cone concerning an alert Carmel police officer who discovered an opium poppy growing on a city easement along the side of a Carmel street. The offending plant, you’ll be glad to know, was seized before it could further damage the town’s moral character. After the plant tested positive for morphine, down at the station, it was renditioned to a federal crime lab for “further analysis.” The article concludes by noting that “it’s unknown who planted the illegal poppy.” Your tax dollars at work. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Globe Lily

June 8, 2012

Globe Lilies, AKA Fairy Lanterns (Calochortus albus) growing along the Kirk Creek Trail. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Scarlet Bugler

May 16, 2012

Scarlet Bugler (Penstemon centranthifolius) blooming on the lower slopes of Devil’s Peak in the Ventana Wilderness.

Attention-grabbing stalks of Scarlet Bugler are currently blooming throughout the drier and hotter parts of the Santa Lucia Mountains, making it a natural choice for Wildflower of the Week. Read the rest of this entry »


White Redwood Resurrection

May 15, 2012

For many, many years the banks of this precipitous South Coast stream were the home of the tallest white redwood (that we knew of anyway) to be found anywhere in the Santa Lucia Mountains. We’re not going to take sides in the argument over exactly how tall it was. Estimates range from 30 to 50 feet (which may have to do with the uppermost portion dying off somewhere along the line). Either way, this was a white redwood of genuinely tree-like proportions. A far cry from the more typical white redwood shrubs and saplings. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Douglas Iris

May 3, 2012

Douglas Iris (Iris douglasiana) on Skinner Ridge. Read the rest of this entry »


Wildflower of the Week: Silver Lupine

March 26, 2012

Well, we’ve fallen a little behind in choosing a wildflower of the week, so we’re going to make up for it by choosing silver lupine (Lupinus albifrons): one of California’s most ubiquitous flowers. Although it leaks across the border a little into Southern Oregon and Northern Baja, this perennial shrub is a true Alta Californian. These are blooming near Soberanes Creek in Garrapata State Park – one of the many State parks scheduled to be “closed” this year. Read the rest of this entry »