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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

 

Northern California - Late Spring 2009

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Morels * Wild Flowers

25 days away from summer solstice, and sweaters still needed in the evening. Meadows in the foothills still show patches of green, and wild flowers are in bloom in many of the preserves that dot the San Francisco Bay area.

Morels are rarely found here. Foragers head for fire-ravaged areas in the Sierras where one can find a lot if the timing is right. A few weeks back a friend and I joined a group of foragers led by a man who knows all about wild mushrooms. The location where he took us was in the vicinity of South Fork of Yuba River.

Two good specimens
© Arani Sinha

And another
© Musafir

Arani found one
© Musafir

Happy Forager
© Musafir

Back at home
© Musafir

The morels were not in the best of condition -- many of them beginning to get dry -- and there were many other foragers trudging up and down the hills. But we didn't return empty handed.

Wild Flowers, and a Bird

Redwing Blackbird, Arastradero Preserve
© Musafir

White Coat Mallow, Arastradero Preserve
© Musafir

Close up of Mariposa Lily, Sierra Azul
© Musafir

Crimson Columbine, Sierra Azul
© Musafir

Ithuriel's Spear, Sierra Azul
© Musafir

Fairy Lantern, Sierra Azul
© Musafir

Venus Thistle surrounded by droplets from mist, Purisima Creek
© Sarbajit Ghosal

California Hedge Nettle, Purisima Creek
© Musafir

It felt wintry when we hiked at Purisima Creek on Sunday, May 24th.

Yellow Lupine, Purisima Creek
© Musafir

Wild Iris, Purisima Creek
© Musafir


Lunch break under redwood trees, Purisima Creek
Align Center© DM

Trudging up Harkins Ridge, Purisima Creek
© DM

On Harkins Ridge Trail, Purisima Creek
© Sarbajit Ghosal
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