Today we hiked Hite Cove and made it out about two miles at our slow photographer/botanizing pace. As it was cloudy the poppies and gilia didn’t start to open until on the way out. It doesn’t look like there will be dense carpets of Poppies this year. The best displays were mainly Goldfields which began after entering the National Forest (the first 3/4 mile is through a right of way across private land). Most abundant are Blue Dicks, Bird’s Eye Gilia, and Goldfields. Many species are in bloom. See plant list.
Our plant of the day was White Fairy Lantern/Calochortus albus (our third Calochortus of the year in our quest to see how many Calochortus species we can photograph).
Lots of grasses are coming up. Beware poison oak is along and sometimes across the trail including bare stems.
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Plant List for Hite Cove on 3/26/17
(roughly in the order seen going out the trail)
Blue Dicks – plentiful
Bird’s Eye Gilia
a tiny lupine
a large pink Thistle
a purple Phacelia
White Fairy Lantern/Calochortus albus