Fickle Flora

In fewer than 24 hours the trail has gone from desert to mountaintop back to desert, and the variety of plants is mind boggling. I’m impressed with my familiarity with most of them, but I’m taking suggestions for field-guide-style smartphone apps.

Anyway, I thought I’d share a few of the highlights and the contrast I’ve seen amid the almost-ever-present chaparral, manzanita, and sage.

Above 5,000 feet, approaching and descending from Mt. Laguna, the trail looked downright piney.





But in the lower elevations, desert-y shrubland dominates. Lucky for me: A recent heatwave has made everything start to bloom. It’s beautiful!





This entry was published on May 3, 2013 at 2:50 PM. It’s filed under travel and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

One thought on “Fickle Flora

  1. Pen holland on said:

    Fantastic cactus bloom. We are in HOT Sacramento right now. Bet it is cooler where you are. Love, p

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