Bermuda buttercup

I found these yellow flowers growing along the park road near Dotons Point. As pretty as they look, Bermuda sorrel (Oxalis pes-caprae) is considered an invasive and noxious weed which can cause the death of grazing livestock. That’s not much of an in issue here on the grounds of Folsom State Recreation Area — but it does go to show […]

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Good things about July

July is not my favorite month, mostly because of the heat. Still, there are plenty of good things that happen during July: Independence Day, family birthdays, anniversaries — and of course the Tour de France. And no Tour can be really complete until I see the peloton riding through a field of sunflowers: Since that video doesn’t really do justice […]

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Wild yellow

I believe this is St Johns wort (Hypericum perforatum). I noticed it growing along the horse trail at Negro Bar State Park.  Running along the top of the hill in the background is Greenback Lane, very busy with the morning rush hour traffic.

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Common madia

I see these little golden flowers, also called Madia elegans, nearly everywhere I hike around my area, but I never knew until now that rather than an invasive species they are native plants once used as a food source by the Pomo and Miwok tribes, among others.

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