May 17th, 2016

Edgewood Preserve

Edgewood Preserve

On Saturday D. and I returned to Edgewood Preserve to see more wildflowers before the blooming period was over.  We walked on parts of the Edgewood, Franciscan, Old Stage Road and Serpentine Trails, and here are some of the pics I took.

California poppy.

Ithuriel's spear.


Teasel, in bud.

Western vervain.

A meadow, showing the mix of dry annual grasses and wildflowers, with the Santa Cruz Mountains in the background.

Ruby chalice clarkia.

Yellow mariposa lily, with tiny black beetles.

Looking up the Edgewood Trail.

Common yarrow, with butterfly.

Small-flowered leptosiphon.

Golden brodiaea is related to Ithuriel's spear.

Blue-eyed grass.

The view to the west from the Old Stage Road.

Old Stage Road, looking north.

This grasshopper (probably a pallid-winged) is well-camouflaged against the gravelly trail.

A western fence lizard rests for a moment in the shade.

Another look at a wildflower meadow on our way back.