Toad in the Hole

February 26, 2006

Testing, Testing

OK, theoretically I can follow Chris' walk-through and post pix here now. I'll start with a handful of posies (for broad definitions of "posies") we took last year when we spens a few days in the Sierra, around Yuba Pass. If this works I'll get around to the specific epithets eventually.

Here's one of my favorite saprophytes, snowplant. A friend of ours described it in print as looking "liks a baroque dildo."


Here's an older but smaller individual:

older snowplant

The big marsh in Sierra Valley, which is an incredible spot for birds, is deeply fringes with this grassy stuff:

Weirdly, the site's little "Rotate" button won't let me rotate the camas photo, but it's too pretty to delete, so turn your head:


This downingia -- "a bellyflower," which means you have to get down on your belly to look at it -- was part of a patch like a big blue puddle on the road shoulder in Sierra Valley. It had tire tracks through it.


And here's one of our native sunflowers, mule ears:

mule ears

All right, let's see what happens.

Posted at February 26, 2006 05:13 AM


Yay, pics! I especially like the snowplant.

Posted by: Rurality at February 26, 2006 02:41 PM

I was hoping you'd see this right away, Ru'. Glad you like it! Snowplant's just outrageous. It's saprophytic on conifers, and the flowering part shows up when the ground warms up and/or dries out in its particular spot.

These were, as I recall, just off a logging road across the highway from the campground at Yuba Pass. It's a nice stroll when the road's not in its avowed use.

We took these with the old camera. Sometime today or tomorrow I'll log in from the laptop and post something from the new one, the Christmas Nikon.

Posted by: Ron at February 26, 2006 06:04 PM