|Gold nuggets– Calochortus luteus|
I think April must be the best month to visit California. Day are sunny, the weather is just warming up, and the wildflowers are still putting on a show. Last week Carla and I hiked the loop at Stebbins Cold Canyon and I was surprised that so many wildflowers were still in bloom. Previously I always hiked early in the spring as the lupines and Indian warriors showed their colors and missed many of these mid to late spring bloomers. It is safe to say I nerded out a bit and felt the need to point out EVERY fairy lantern we passed because they are just so cool.
|Splendid mariposa– Calochortus splendens|
|Spice bush– Calycanthus occidentalis|
Before I left the house in the morning Pinky had been warning me about rattlesnake sightings at Cold Canyon so when I planted my foot and saw this gopher snake 6 inches from my shoe I gasped and eeked and swiftly retreated before my eyes could even adjust to see it wasn’t a rattler.
|Gopher snake- Pituophis melanoleucus|
|Red ribbons– Clarkia concinna|
Towards the end of the hike we stopped at the pools on the Homestead Trails to look for newts. It is always neat to see these cuties swimming through the water like an adolescent frog.
|California newt- Taricha torosa|
|Golden fairy lantern– Calochortus amabilis|
Thank you to UC Davis for creating plant and animal lists and helping this plant nerd expand her vocabulary.
Who wants to hike Cold Canyon with me this week?