Been entreating the throngs of loyal Ramblers for almost 2 months now for the fruits of your photographic fancies. But it took the gumption and grit of a New Yorker to produce a panorama of our fair fields. Thanks to Kevin M. of Brooklyn for sending in this set taken on a recent visit to our Valley, from a quick jaunt up Laguna Ridge.
(Sorry about the picture/text not always matching up, darn WordPress free edition)
Solanum xantii.. or Chaparral Nightshade to you and me. Close relative of the tomato.. you’ll notice them already going to fruit. Try to resist the urge to snack, all parts poisonous.
This is one of my favorite plants of this season, Fuschia Flowered Gooseberry. For whatever reason last year hardly any of these flowered. It’s a veritable bonanza this year and the flowers are still going strong so keep an eye out. Unlike the Nightshade these berries are edible and quite sweet. Should start maturing late spring to early summer, just watch for the nasty thorns.
If I remember right this is a toyon. Also known as California holly or Christmas Berry, you can still see their bright red berries as you drive up the grade to upper Ojai.
Mexican elderberry starting to bloom everywhere. Large creamy flower clusters, if you’re ever unsure break a little foliage, it stinks. And yes, you can eat the elderberries when ripe.
Yes, I know. It’s just a weed, cool pic though. (Sow thistle- thanks Lanny)
Golden Yarrow, genus Achillea. Supposedly the plant was used to staunch the wounds of Achilles’ soldiers during the battle of Troy. (Oops sorry. Genus Eriophyllum. Not a true yarrow. I still like the story – OR)
Monkeyflower, doesn’t look much like a monkey to me. But if you touch the bottom lip the flower will instinctively close.
Blue dicks. There is no such thing as purple in the botanical world for some reason. Chumash and other native tribes would eat their bulbs. Yum.
This morning glory’s internal clock is a bit off.
A lupine… notoriously difficult genus to figure out one species from another. I say just enjoy it.
Finally this was Kevin’s favorite pic. He says it’s a site where they must have tested for oil/gas and came up empty. Anyway thanks Kevin for the great set, you’ve done your borough proud.