Lone Pine Canyon and Highway 138

Here are pictures from June 2009 when driving from the mountains back to Pasadena via Wrightwood and State Highway 138. An interesting option is to take the road through Lone Pine Canyon from Wrightwood to Highway 138. On this occasion, Lone Pine Canyon was adorned with Flannel Bush in bloom. Along Highway 138, which is in the desert, the peak of spring had passed — we saw only a fraction of what this area has to offer floristically — but it was nevertheless rewarding.

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A. Lone Pine Canyon

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Flamnnel bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

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Flamnnel bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

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Flamnnel bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

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Flamnnel bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

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Flamnnel bush (Fremontodendron californicum)

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Booth's sun cup (Eremothera boothii)

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Prince's plume (Stanleya pinnata)

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Prince's plume (Stanleya pinnata)

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Grinnell's beardtongue (Penstemon grinnellii)

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Grinnell's beardtongue (Penstemon grinnellii)

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Prickly poppy (Argemone munita)

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Prickly poppy (Argemone munita)

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Hairy yerba santa (Eriodictyon trichocalyx var. trichocalyx)

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B. Highway 138

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Driving towards Highway 138

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Driving towards Highway 138

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Showy penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis)

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Showy penstemon (Penstemon spectabilis)

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Jimsonweed (Datura wrightii)

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Giant woollystar (Eriastrum densifolium)

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Giant woollystar (Eriastrum densifolium)

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Woolly blue curls (Trichostema lanatum)

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California evening primrose (Oenothera californica)

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California evening primrose (Oenothera californica)

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Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata)

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Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia)

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Thanks to Jane Strong for assistance in identification of plants and flowers.

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