I got up around 7:00 this morning, fed Esteban his breakfast, and then took him with me on a drive up Highway 16 West to look for wildflowers. I only drove between Woodland and the turnouts at the old Camp Haswell, but found lots of spots where there tons of wildflowers in groupings here and there.
On the way, I stopped off at Road 53 in Guinda to see if there was anything to see on the roadside there. Nothing. And at the gate to the trail I couldn’t open the windows or get out of the car because there was a bee hive right there, and the bees kept banging on the car. Yikes!
Along the side of the highway, I saw a flock of Wild Turkeys. The males were showing off and strutting for the females. But they ventured too far out onto the road and were almost hit by a car that sped past me. Luckily, none of the birds were hurt, and they all decided to stick with the field for their stomping ground instead of the road.
I found large stands of lupine, Purple Owl’s Clover, Yerba Santa, Sweetclover, Redbud trees, and Indian Paintbrush. There were also Virgin Bower vines in bloom on top of some of the shorter trees, and pretty little clover tucked in on the ground between other flowers.
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I also saw quite a few Acmon Blue butterflies, lots of California Pipevine Swallowtails, some Sulphurs and some Buckeyes. But they wouldn’t sit still and pretty for me. Dang it. I managed to get some side views of the Buckeyes, but nothing else.
I stopped to let Esteban go potty and have a snack at the pull out at Camp Haswell (an old Boy Scout Camp is ideally situated right next to Cache Creek). I parked in the shade where we could see the creek (which didn’t seem to be moving much) and eat our snacks.
As I was leaving, I tried closing the front passenger side window, and it only went up about a quarter of the way, then stopped. So, I lowered it, and tried closing it again, and the whole window fell down into the door. I don’t know if it shattered in there or if the lift-mechanism had given way, but I couldn’t get the window up at all after that. So, we spent the rest of the trip with that window wide open. *Sigh*
I then headed back home, down the same route I’d taken on the way up. Besides getting a bit windblown from the open window, we did okay – even on the freeway (I5).
- Acmon Blue Butterfly, Icaricia acmon
- Bee, European Honeybee, Western Honeybee, Apis mellifera
- Blessed Milk Thistle, Silybum marianum
- Blow Wives, Achyrachaena mollis
- Blue Dicks, Depterostemon capitatus
- Blue Elderberry, Sambucus nigra cerulea
- Bur Clover, Medicago polymorpha
- California Pipevine Swallowtail Butterfly, Battus philenor hirsuta
- Clematis, Western Virgin’s Bower, Clematis ligusticifolia
- Clouded Sulphur Butterfly, Colias philodice
- Clover, Tomcat Clover, Trifolium willdenovii
- Coyote Brush, Baccharis pilularis
- Fiddleneck, Common Fiddleneck, Amsinckia menziesii
- Grasses, Wild Oat, Avena fatua
- Gray Buckeye Butterfly, Junonia grisea
- Ithuriel’s Spear, Triteleia laxa
- Jointed Charlock, Raphanus raphanistrum
- Lupine, Arroyo Lupine, Lupinus succulentus
- Lupine, Chick Lupine, Lupinus microcarpus [white or yellow]
- Lupine, Miniature Lupine, Lupinus bicolor
- Manroot, California Manroot, Bigroot, Marah fabaceus
- Manroot, Coastal Manroot, Marah oregana
- Manzanita, Arctostaphylos sp.
- Metallic Wood-Boring Beetle, Subgenus: Melanthaxia
- Monkeyflower, Orange Bush Monkeyflower, Diplacus aurantiacus
- Mule’s Ears, Smooth Mule-Ears, Wyethia glabra
- Non-Biting Midges, Family: Chironomidae
- Oak, Interior Live Oak, Quercus wislizeni
- Oak, Valley Oak, Quercus lobata
- Owl’s Clover, Purple Owl’s-Clover, Castilleja exserta var. exserta
- Oxalis, Bermuda Buttercup, Oxalis pes-caprae
- Pacific Pea, Lathyrus vestitus
- Pacific Poison Oak, Toxicodendron diversilobum
- Paintbrush, Woolly Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja foliolosa
- Pineappleweed, Chamomilla suaveolens
- Poison Oak, Pacific Poison Oak, Western Poison Oak, Toxicodendron diversilobum
- Popcorn Flower, Rusty Popcornflower, Plagiobothrys nothofulvus
- Poppy, California Poppy, Eschscholzia californica
- Q-Tips, Micropus californicus
- Rio Grande Wild Turkey, Meleagris gallopavo intermedia
- Sanicle, Purple Sanicle, Sanicula bipinnatifida
- Sunflower, Common Woolly Sunflower, Eriophyllum lanatum
- Tamarisk, Saltcedar, Tamarix ramosissima
- Vetch, Hairy Vetch, Vicia villosa
- Western Redbud, Cercis occidentalis
- Yellow Sweetclover, Melilotus officinalis
- Yerba Santa, California Yerba Santa, Eriodictyon californicum
- ?? unknown spider on sunflower
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