Los Padres National Forest
by my left hand :)
this is the stand visible in the background of this photo. Location adjusted to stand.
Dried plants along the roadside with dried seed capsules. Most seed disbursed.
California juniper; Los Padres National Forest, growing at appx. 3400' near Rose Valley; one of very few specimens in the area.
Toyon: Sespe Wilderness: Los Padres National Forest; growing at appx. 3300' with coast live oaks.
California wild rose; Sespe Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest; growing at appx. 3600' near Piedra Blanca; in a riparian area with white aldrer, willows and coast live oak
Birchleaf mountain mahogany; Sespe Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest; growing at appx. 3400' near Piedra Blanca, with manzanita and coast live oaks.
Green ephedra; Sespe Wilderness, Los Padres National Forest; growing at appx. 3400' near Piedra Blanca Creek; with yerba santa, manzanita and coast live oaks.
Five caterpillars were feeding on California fuchsia leaves.
There were many of these shrubs along the side of the trail, but this was the only one that I saw any galling on. The site is just approximate. Sorry.
small bush in foreground.
Date an estimate
Date an estimate. There were other small stunted ones around too, and bigger ones to the south, on a north-facing slope.
Date an estimate
On September 18, 2013, the XplorMor team was hiking the Howard Creek Trail, Los Padres National Forest, California, United States, we saw many bear tracks.
We stopped on the side of the road to look at a view of the canyon, and I nearly stepped on the snake. It was coiled and looked like it had venom sacks. We both thought it was a rattlesnake. It was cold (low50'sF)
The orange lichen. Growing on sedimentary rock
Growing on sedimentary rock.