Bitterbrush Fruits

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Continuing the topic of bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata – see “Bitterbrush in Winter” 01-12-2018)), I have photographs of bitterbrush fruits taken in May and July on Timbered Crater (Shasta County CA) and along Modoc National Forest Road 40N11 near Adin CA … Continue reading

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Bitterbrush in Winter

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The bitterbrush (Purshia tridentata) growing in our pastures (near Lookout CA – Modoc County) looks reddish in the winter and makes a lovely contrast against the snow and other dull grey and black grasses and shrubs. Bitterbrush twigs are grey … Continue reading

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Taper Tipped Onion

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The flower parts of taper tipped onion (Allium acuminatum), a member of the Lily Family, occur in threes or multiples of three.  A perennial native, taper tipped onion is found below 6,000 feet in all states west of the Rockies … Continue reading

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Sterna forsteri – Forster’s Tern

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Forster’s terns (Sterna forsteri) are the only tern that spends the entire year in North and Central America. They winter in coastal habitats and breed in the interior of the continent (except for some populations along the Gulf and Mid-Atlantic … Continue reading

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Miniature Lupine

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There are over 70 lupine species in California alone, many of which are difficult to identify. Miniature lupine (also known as bicolor lupine) is a small plant with flowers that are approximately 1/4 inch long, a big help in identification. … Continue reading

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Bushtit Revisited

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Organizing bird pictures taken last spring along the Lower Hat Creek Trail (Shasta County CA), I wondered how many of the birds I saw on that walk were yearlong residents. Which ones might I see on a similar winter walk? … Continue reading

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Corn Lily Continued

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Continuing the discussion of corn lily (Veratrum californicum) from 12-29-2017: The three-celled ovary of corn lily (Veratrum californicum) matures into a three-lobed capsules. Each of the three cells in the fruit contains several narrow, compressed seeds with broad margins or … Continue reading

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