Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Fresh Air

Another rainstorm passed through the area yesterday afternoon, which put in place fresh, clean, clear air from the Pacific today. I had a couple of hours in between work assignments so I took a quick walk in Griffith Park. It's interesting, after last week's rain, it seems to have reset plant growth. The wildflowers from the fall seem to have been washed away, and those who jumped the gun and began blooming early, also seem to have met their demise. In their place is a lush green carpet, that will last just a few months before the summer heat and drought will turn it all brown again.

Chickweed (above)
Canyon sweet pea or American vetch? (above)
Just before I concluded my hike this afternoon, I crossed paths with this fantastic specimen on a hillside, hiding amongst the bushes.

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