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Modified 7-Jun-18
Created 1-Jun-18
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Springtime flowers abound, and if you look closely, you will often see an insect there. That's the whole point of a flower, after all. It is late spring now, and many flowers are bright yellow or white, with a sprinkling of purple. New oak leaves show bright reddish purple, vying with the flowers for vividity. The leather oak, growing in the serpentine, is particularly interesting, sporting last year's acorn cups, this year's new yellow blossoms, and a carpenter ant exploring the new velvety leaves, browsing at the base of the leaves. What is she looking for? The showy yellow flowers of the non-native weedy hawksbeard attract a variety of visitors, including an iridescent green carpenter bee.
Pitcher Sage (Lepechinia calcina) in BloomRattlesnake Grass (Briza maxima) and Fremont's Star Lily (Zigadenus fremontii)Flowers of Fremont's Star Lily (Zigadenus fremontii)Rattlesnake Grass (Briza maxima)Rattlesnake Grass (Briza maxima)Big Squirreltail Grass (Elymus multisetus)Big Squirreltail Grass (Elymus multisetus) (2)Sticky Monkeyflower (Mimulus aurantiacus var. aurantiacus) in BloomOpen and ClosedOpen and Closed (Detail)Chaparral Clematis (C. lasiantha)Chaparral Clematis (C. lasiantha), CloserFlowers of Chaparral Clematis (C. lasiantha)Flower of Chaparral Clematis (C. lasiantha) up CloseInsect on Flower of Chaparral Clematis (C. lasiantha) up CloseChamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum) in BloomBlossoms of Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum)Blossoms of Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum) (Closer)Individual blossom of Chamise (Adenostoma fasciculatum)New Leaves, Coast Live Oak (Quercus agrifolia)