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Friday, March 13, 2009


The Seasons: Spring is Around the Corner

Time for Wild Flowers * End of the Chanterelle Season

Just seven days away from spring. We have gone through the clock change. The days have become longer; the dark mornings, too, will soon be behind us.

Spring too, very soon!
They are setting the scene for it--
plum tree and moon.
---Basho (1643-1694)

The late rains did not do much for the chanterelles but could produce a good display of wild flowers. During a recent walk on Grizzly Flat,north, trail (off Hwy 35) JHL and I saw some milkmaids in bloom. We forded the creek and hiked to the beginning of the Canyon Trail toward Montebello Preserve. Stopped for a picnic lunch and then returned to the pullout at Hwy 35. Just across from the pullout is the trail heading south to Long Ridge.

A view of Upper Stevens Creek at Grizzly Flat
© Musafir

California Tortoiseshell(Nymphalis californica) at Grizzly Flat© Musafir

Milkmaids at Grizzly Flat
© Musafir

Rock Cress at Foothills Park
© Musafir

AC and I drove up Hwy 9 once more to look for chanterelles. We found some....enough to reward us for the trip, and there was the pleasure of walking through the woods.

© Musafir

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