Las Trampas in Spring

Went for a wonderful hike around the eastern portion of Las Trampas Regional Wilderness last Sunday, up through scrub, oak woodland, and batches of grassland, stuff blooming throughout. In addition to all the cool things I found (including my first White Fairy Lanterns!), I was surprised to find so much black oak and blue oak in the hills. Kinda cool.

Publicado por kueda kueda, 16 de mayo de 2009

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 03:01 PM PDT

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This is a wind poppy (Stylomecon heterophylla. Previously I had only seen this species on Mt. Diablo, but they were growing in profusion in parts of Las Trampas, particularly along the Mahogany and Trapline trails. I love their shiny petals.

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Gallocresta (Bellardia trixago)

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 02:46 PM PDT

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It's a Mediterranean, but it's still pretty. Growing here and there in the grassy parts of Las Trampas.

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Hongo Matamoscas de Primavera (Amanita velosa)

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 04:28 PM PDT

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I am pretty sure this is a very late-rising springtime Amanita (Amanita velosa). It had remnants of a volva around its base in the soil.

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 03:50 PM PDT

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When I turned the corner and saw these cream cups, I cried out, "Cream cups!" No one was there to witness the absurdity of the moment, which, I suppose, made it all the more absurd. Madcap adventures in solitude!

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 03:19 PM PDT

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I went to Las Trampas in search of Calochortus superbus, but I found these instead. I'd say that's a fair trade. I couldn't believe how many of these there were! Almost every bit of shaded understory had some.

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Hormiga de Terciopelo de Baja California (Dasymutilla aureola)

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 05:24 PM PDT

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Velvet ants move around way too much. The only way I could get a picture of this one was when it thought it was safely concealed under some grass.

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Mariposa Monjita de California (Adelpha californica)

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 05:06 PM PDT

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I saw a few of these, all flitting around wooded area.

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 04:32 PM PDT

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There were a lot blooming that day.

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 06:42 PM PDT

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Damn. I was pretty excited to see this thing land as I was watching bees in the sage, but it was cagey and didn't want to let me get close.

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kueda

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Mayo 2009

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I was happy to see more Oakland Star Tulips. So inconspicuous!

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kueda

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Mayo 10, 2009 05:54 PM PDT

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Second time seeing this flower, which is a new one for me this season.

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