Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pacific Grove sunrise from Rec Trail
February 24, 2009

I love these pics of the sunrise. It had rained in the early morning hours and I was down on the trail to check out the filming of an AT&T commercial. The irony is if you have AT&T cell service, you get very poor reception at this location on the trail and your calls drop.

Saturday, February 21, 2009

Bermuda buttercup
Oxalis pes-caprae

It's also known as sour-grass. I first learned to suck the sour juice of these stems while playing behind the church and waiting for the grownups to be done with their Sunday socializing.

I noticed Bermuda buttercups everywhere early this spring, even more so than usual and even among Pacific Grove's famed hot pink ice plant.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

torch aloe ~ 02/08/09 ~ Shoreline Park

torch aloe / krantz aloe
Aloe arborescens
Asphodelaceae (now included under Xanthorrhoeaceae)

This is a common plant along the PG rec trail. A group of volunteers are working on removing these massive plants. The flower looks superficially like a torch lily, but this is a succulent (Aloe genus).

ps 01/18/10 - These have been blooming along the rec trail at least since December.

pss 02/05/11 - I originally posted this as NOT red hot poker. For a much better picture, check out my latest post.

Thursday, February 5, 2009