Sunday, January 31, 2010

Jan. 31, 2010

I went for a morning walk in the Verdugo's up the fire road from the south side. It looks like they brought in the heavy machinery this past week to perhaps level out the fire road. After last week's rain, the road suffered from erosion and small rock slides. There were some new arrivals on the scene this weekend...

Ceanothus bushes dotted the hillside (above)

Two tone everlasting (above)

Sugarbush (above)
Castor bean (above)
Mt. Thom (above)
Bush monkeyflower (above)
California lace fern (above)

Lupine (above)

Twiggy wreathplant (above)

I love crossing paths with new specimens. This one is called Western Peony (above).

It's amazing how much one can miss, even while walking. I stopped and dropped my backpack for a minute to take a drink of water. When I bent over to pick it up, I looked at this beautiful Black Sage blossom that I definitely would have missed had I not been thirsty.


  1. Hey Mark...took me awhile to find your blog. I think we are cut from the same cloth! I grew up in Southern California and as a kid my family and I spent every Saturday in the spring, winter and fall in the San Gabriels and San Bernardinos. My parents were on a peak climbing kick so we were atop most of those above 5000' in each of the ranges...sometimes more than one a day. I have great affinity for those places, the smell of the bay trees and the views. I am looking forward to perusing your blog. Thanks!

  2. Wonderful and informative photos. Thank you!
    Robin sent me your link. I love these mountains too.

  3. Hi Robin and Kate! I'm glad I can share this with you. I've been living in LA for about two years now and have enjoyed getting to know these mountains a little bit each week. Glad to have you on board...