dead wing in bike lane
water storage on lupine
Paying attention to the tiny details of the world is one of the sweetest pieces of being a part of it. This practice — which I think is definitely a learned skill, especially in our attention-deficit disordered culture [...]
During the first weekend of March, I headed down to Anza-Borrego, California’s largest state park. Lying about 950 feet above sea level, between San Diego and the Peninsular Ranges to the west and the Salton Sea to the east, Anza-Borrego is part of the Colorado Desert and is the Golden State’s portion of the [...]
where's that confounded bridge?
Here we are, biding a bit of blog time while I finish transcribing an interview with the legendary Wino. May I offer, in the meantime, some wildflower photos from yesterday’s hike on the Steep Ravine Trail from the Pantoll Ranger Station, located halfway up Mount Tamalpais, down to the [...]
Hike in Marin
Such Hawks Such Hounds
The first one was so fun, let’s try this again. You’re invited to the second Phyte Club excursion, specifically to look for crazy flowers and wild things, [...]
Run to the hillllllssssss……! The ones covered in native plants, that is.
up close and personal: the lovely native twinberry honeysuckle
When?: Saturday, January 29, 9:30 a.m.
Where?: San Pedro Valley County Park, 600 Oddstad Boulevard, Pacifica, CA (see map here)
Why: When I first started Phyte Club almost a year ago, one [...]
“I held a blue flower in my hand, probably a wild aster, wondering what its name was, and then thought that human names for natural things are superfluous. Nature herself does not name them. The important thing is to know this flower, look at its color until the blueness becomes as real [...]
Were Passiflora caerulea (aka, blue passion flower) a person, it would be immediately arrested for indecent exposure. Look at it: Its three violet stigmas spread-eagle; its five lime green stamens positioned opportunistically behind those feminine parts, with split yellow anthers waiting to release their millions of flower sperm; its electric-blue radial filaments framing the [...]
T. pachanoi seen here with a microbrewed pint
About a week ago my friends and neighborhood permaculture rock stars brought this blossom into the pub. They’d picked it from their backyard Trichocereus pachanoi, also known as Echinopsis pachanoi, or less tongue-twistingly called San Pedro cactus. The species only blooms in the evening, and [...]