Despite the many irises visible the drive from highway 1 to the station, and all around the station, i only took this one photo. The terrace area was littered with broken sea urchins. Peter said the ravens were the most likely predator.
This unusual coloured iris was seen at a locale with apparently serpentine soil.
Iris douglasiana (Douglas iris, syn. I. beechiana, I. watsonia) is a common wildflower of the coastal regions of Northern and Central California and southern Oregon in the USA. The Douglas Iris was first described by 19th century botanist David Douglas in Monterey, California. It grows mainly at lower elevations, below 100 meters (330 ft), though it is occasionally found at heights of up to 1,000 meters (3,300 ft). It is most common in grasslands near the coast; it...