Climbing Milkweed

Climbing Milkweed at Coast to Crest Trail

Along a trail that we frequently use for our walks, Alex and I found an astonishingly large patch of Climbing Milkweed. We must have walked past it plenty of times – only now that a lot of the vegetation is brown and in its summer dormancy, the small flower clusters and the deep, muted green of the vine was more noticable. We spent an overcast morning there photographing them, earlier in the month.

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Palomar Mountain Loop Hike

Alex and I went for a Saturday morning loop hike at Palomar Mountain. We hiked at Palomar Mountain many times but rarely do so in the actual State Park because dogs aren’t allowed on the trails there. This time we left Toni at home to check out a loop hike in Palomar Mountain State Park that Alex had found through Scott Turner, the co-author of “Afoot & Afield in San Diego County”.

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Torrey Pines Wildflower Season

Guy Fleming Trail/Torrey Pines in Spring, San Diego, California. March 2017.

In mid March, the trails at Torrey Pines are seamed with wildflowers, thanks to plenty of winter rains. We took a walk in the late afternoon, first on the Guy Fleming Trail, then on the Parry’s Grove Trail. My photos below will give you a good impression of what the trails look like during this time of the year.

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A first glimpse at the 2017 wildflowers in Anza Borrego

Desert Wildflowers along Henderson Canyon Road, Borrego Springs, California. March 2017.

Last weekend we drove down to Borrego Springs to see how the wildflowers in the desert are doing this year. For weeks, people have been talking about a potential “super bloom” in Anza Borrego Desert State Park, since it was a very wet winter and the last storm at the end of February alone brought up to 1.5 inches (~40mm) of rain to the desert.

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