April 1, 2010

Trail Description:
What a contrast to last November. The hills were green with an almost tropical lushness.
Flowers were plentiful, birds were singing melodiously (some squawked), and even for mid week, there were quite a few visitors. An aerial photo will reveal that the north and eastern slopes tend to be the most forested.
With this in mind, we climbed up towards the northern tower through a verdant jungle in places and came out overlooking the entire lagoon. A walk around the lake showed it was teeming with life, from Western Pond Turtles to geese. We even saw two beautiful Green Herons.

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Blooming Plants Not Photographed:

NN=Non Native
Aesculus californicus (California Buckeye)
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia (Fiddleneck)
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel)NN
Brassica nigra (Black Mustard)NN
Brassica rapa (Field Mustard)NN
Chamomilla suaveolens (Pineapple Weed)NN
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepardís Purse)NN
Carduus pycnocephalus (Italian Thistle)NN
Claytonia perfoliata (Minerís Lettuce)
Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)
Eschscholzia californica (California Poppy)
Erodium botrys (Long Billed Filaree)NN
Erodium moschatum (White Stemmed Filaree)NN
Geranium dissectum (Cut Leaf Geranium)NN
Lomatium californicum (California Lomatium)
Lupinus bicolor (Miniature Lupine)
Lupinus nanus (Sky Lupine)
Medicago polymorpha (Bur Clover)NN
Nemophila heterophylla (Canyon Nemophila)
Oxalis pes-caprae (Bermuda Buttercup)NN
Plantago lanceolata (English Plantain)NN
Quercus agrifolia (Coast Live Oak)
Ranunculus californicus (California Buttercup)
Salix lasiolepis (Arroyo Willow)
Sanicula crassicaulis (Snakeroot)
Senecio vulgaris (Common Groundsel) NN
Silybum marianum (Milk Thistle)NN
Sinapis arvensis (Charlock)NN
Sonchus asper (Prickly Sow Thistle)NN
Sonchus oleraceus (Smooth Sow Thistle)NN
Stellaria media (Chickweed)NN
Taraxacum officinale (Dandelion)NN
Toxicodendron diversilobum (Poison Oak)
Triteleia laxa (Ithurielís Spear)
Vicia sativa (Vetch)NN
Vicia villosa (Hairy Vetch)NN