It’s what I do best, I think. It’s not too difficult. I’ve written a book about it. It will be out in late August, 2018.
It is Spring in California. Time to wander around and look at stuff. And on a fine day, I popped down to Point Lobos Natural Reserve near Monterey. It is one of my favorite places on earth. (Point Lobos ) and it’s just two hours from where I live.
The first thing I saw was Fremont’s star lily which has had its name changed from Zigadenus fremontii to Toxicoscordion fremontii. An apt change given that this bulb is more poisonous than strychnine.
Point Lobos is famous for its relict stand of Monterey Cypress – now Hesperocyparis macrocarpa.
Algae – noticeable on trees and rocks of the shadowed north-facing trees is green algae named Trentophilia. Its orange color comes from carotene.
The California State lichen -Lace lichen (Ramalina menziesii). Its name describes it as it hangs down in ghostly strands like pieces of Miss Haversham’s wedding dress.
Up the coast I wandered. To the UC Santa Cruz and its collection of Australian plants.
It was a fine, fine day.