June 4,  2015

Hike/Park Description:
Since much of the park is open spaces, it's best hiked when cool. And with only a week of good weather left, we put the mines on our short list. After doing our gear up we started up the hill towards the cemetery in cool temperatures under clear skies and a scent of spring grasses and tree pollen in the air. We opted for the Nortonville - Black Diamond - Manhattan Canyon circle route as this was short, scenic, and had the most cover, not to mention the good views. Plus keeping the hike short meant avoiding the mid afternoon heat... amazing the rationale people come up with when they're just basically old and tired.

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Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN= Non Natives
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 
Acmispon glabra (Deerbrush) 
Adenostoma fasciculatum (Chamise) 
Aesculus californica (Buckeye) 
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN 
Brassica nigra (Black Mustard)NN 
Carduus pycnocephalus (Italian Thistle)NN 
Castilleja foliolosa (Woolly Paintbrush) 
Centaurea solstitialis (Yellow Star Thistle)NN 
Clarkia purpurea (Winecup Clarkia) 
Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed)NN 
Erodium botrys (Long Beaked Filaree)NN 
Matricaria discoidea (Pineapple Weed)NN 
Monardella villosa (Coyote Mint) 
Sisymbrium officinale (Hedge Mustard)NN 
Spergularia rubra (Purple Sand Spurrey)NN 
Heteromeles arbutifolia (Toyon) 
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN

Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Pellaea mucronata var. mucronata (Birdís Foot Fern)