Category Archives: Ojai


27 degrees at the Potrero John trailhead at 9am New Year’s Day.  I have never really experienced ice in or around Ojai unless it was melting in my bourbon.  Sun is low so these are a tad washed out but … Continue reading

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Some Like It Hot

Others… not so much.  As the summer takes hold and the mercury climbs many of our natives decide to close up shop and hunker down until October’s first rains.  Dormancy is an important way to survive the 4-6 months of … Continue reading

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Know Your Non-Natives

You’ve been reading along for over three years now, so you are obviously all well-versed in the ways of our local California native flora.  But walk down any trail this time of year and lo and behold at ground level … Continue reading

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The Newest in New

Been metaphorically assaulting the trails this week.  Always nice to see a few blooms that are new to my list.  See if you can spot some of these rare beauties:

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Sprall Has Arrived

Ahhh that was pretty nice no? That inch plus did more than wash 7 months of dust off of all the trails.  It marks the onset of what I like to call Sprall, a major wave of rebirth brought on … Continue reading

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Fruits of the Preserve

See, I did have a more clever title,  just a week too late.  Thanks for those of you who answered, congratulations to the Divine Miss Sarah T for her continued excellence in the field of plant identification.

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The Russians are Coming

First of all, don’t panic.  I will need your full attention so please close all other browsers windows. I am here to get you through this, all is not lost.  But the danger is real, and no, I am not … Continue reading

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