Saturday, March 29, 2008

Went to southern California to perform the first stage of an assessment of perennial grasslands within the California State Park System. Lots of flowers.

The valley I camped in at Anza-Borrego State Park:

Cheilanthes sp., a desert fern:

Melica imperfecta:

Dead beetles (Coleoptera) in an alkaline lake:

The Navy flew air support:

So did the turkey vultures:

Lots of flowers:

Salvia carduacea:

Monolopia sp. at Carrizo Plains

Blue oak woodland with a Lasthenia californica (goldfields) and Nemophila sp. understory in San Luis Obispo County:

Yucca brevifolia (Joshua tree) in bloom:

Hesperocallis undulata (desert lily):


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