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COLBY CANYON, 28 MARCH 2008

Most of these pictures are from a few hours that I spent in Colby Canyon on 28 March 2008. (I stayed in the lower section of the canyon, and didn't walk the tortuous zig-zag up the face of the mountain that comprises the upper part of this track.) Further down on this page are some pictures taken along the Angeles Crest Highway while on the way home from Colby, and then a few pictures from near where I live in western Pasadena.

The images are in chronological order. Click on the thumbnail to see a higher-resolution image, 640x480 pixels.

Pai

1. Castilleja applegatei var. martinii (Martin's Paintbrush)

Colby 2. In Colby Canyon Colby
Ceanothus

3. Ceanothus leucodermis (Chaparral Whitehorn)

Diagnostic features: Leaf with three veins from base and white bark.

 
Grove 4. Part way along Colby Canyon is the Sycamore grove, a delightful shady spot, clearly a popular location for picnics and camping.  
Fern

5. Polystichum imbricans (Sword Fern).

This fern was near the Sycamore Grove.

Paintbrush

6. Castilleja applegatei var. martinii (Martin's Paintbrush)

 
Colby

7. A view looking back down the canyon, towards Los Angeles.

 
Fern

8. Cheilanthes covillei (Coville's Lip Fern)

White

9. Antirrhinum coulterianum (White Snapdragon)

White
Pink

10. Arabis sparsiflora var. arcuata (Elegant Rockcress)

There were many of them growing on a little ridge.

Paintbrush 11. Castilleja applegatei var. martinii (Martin's Paintbrush)
Lark

12. Delphinium patens (Spreading Larkspur)

The key here is that white part with the blue/purple stripe in the center.

In one place there were many of these larkspur, extending up the hillside.

Lark
Blue 13. Dichelostemma capitatum (Blue Dicks)  
Nightshade

14. Solanum xanti (Purple Nightshade)

Please confirm.

This occurred in several places along the track.

NIghtshade
Colby

15. Colby Canyon, looking up from near Angeles Crest HIghway. It is a truly beautiful canyon.

That's the end of the Colby Canyon pictures. Now here are some pictures taken along the Angeles Crest Highway on the way back from Colby.

 
Ceanothus

16. Ceanothus sp.

The location is alongside the highway, looking down into Big Tujunga Canyon, before the first sharp curve uphill of the Vista lookout.

Ceanothus
Ceanothus

17. Ceanothus leucodermis (Chaparral Whitehorn)

It was at the same location as No. 16.

Ceanothus
Ceanothus

18. Ceanothus oliganthus, probably var. oliganthus (Hairy Ceanothus)

This was at the same location as the previous two.

Ceanothus
Pea

19. Lathyrus vestitus (Wild Sweet Pea)

This was growing en mass on a rock face on one of the road cuttings, not too far along the highway above the Angeles Crest Forest Service Station.

Pea
Lupine

20. Lupinus sp., possibly austromontanum

Location not far from No. 19.

Lupine
Salvia

21. Salvlia mellifera (Black Sage). This one was along the Angeles Crest Highway near the previous two items, i.e. nor far uphill from the Angeles Crest Forest Service Stations, not far out from La Cañada.

Salvia
LA

22. Down-town Los Angeles seen from the lower section of Angeles Crest Highway.

The remainder of these pictures are from the Pasadena area, taken within a few days of the Colby Canyon pictures in late March 2008.

 
Salvia

23.Salvlia mellifera (Black Sage). N\ear Devils Gate Dam, alongside the Linda Vista Avenue bridge over the 210 freeway.

salvia
Brittle

24. Encelia farinosa (Brittle Bush), same location as No. 23, near Devlis Gate Dam.

Brittle
Golden

25. Eriphyllum lanatum (Golden Yarrow), same location as No. 23, near Devils Gate Dam.

 
Buckwheat

26. Eriogonum fasciculatum var. foliosum (Leafy Buckwheat) , same location as No. 23, near Devils Gate Dam. These very common flowers are magnificent when examined close up.

 
Salvias

27. Salvlia mellifera (Black Sage). This Salvia is on the hill above our house (San Rafael Hills), photographed on 29 March 2008. It is the same as No. 23, which is about a mile away.

Salvia

Images copyright © 2008 Graham Bothwell