MONROVIA CANYON MAY 2014
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Photographs by Michael Charters




Curious as to whether there would be any water in the falls at Monrovia Canyon Park, I hiked there on May 22. As the above picture shows, there was water but not much, and the 'pool' at the bottom of the falls was completely dry. Not surprising, given the rainfall situation of the past several years. There was however an interesting display of about a dozen balanced rocks that someone had placed there. I inadvertantly displaced one but in doing so confirmed that there was no glue or other adhesive utilized, and I was unable to balance the rock again in its original position. See photos at the end of this gallery. The entrance to Monrovia Canyon Park is on North Canyon Blvd. in Monrovia, and it is open every day except Tuesday. In addition to the Waterfall Trail, there is the historic Ben Overturff Trail which goes from the Sawpit Canyon Fire Road to the Old Cabin Site in Deer Park. On this particular day, I only went to the waterfall, which is a 3-1/2 mile roundtrip. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native taxon. Thanks to Bob Allen and Hartmut Wisch for consulting on the beetle identification.


   
Canterbury bells
Phacelia minor
Boraginaceae


 
Bitter gooseberry
Ribes amarum
Grossulariaceae

[amarum = bitter to the taste]


 
California bay
Umbellularia californica
Lauraceae
[The only other species of this family in California is the introduced Cinnamomum camphora, the camphor tree.]
 
 
 
Black sage
Salvia mellifera
Lamiaceae


   

Canyon dodder
Cuscuta subinclusa
Convolvulaceae



   
California hedge nettle
Stachys bullata
Lamiaceae
Heartleaf penstemon
Keckiella cordifolia
Plantaginaceae


 
Chamise
Adenostoma fasciculatum var. fasciculatum
Rosaceae


California brickellbush
Brickellia californica
Asteraceae
 
 
     
Coffeeberry
Frangula californica ssp. californica
Rhamnaceae


   
Mule deer
Odocoileus hemionus
Cervidae
 
Toyon
Heteromeles arbutifolia
Rosaceae


 
California chicory
Rafinesquia californica
Asteraceae
 
 
 
Hairy bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus var. pubescens
Phrymaceae


 
Field hedge-parsley *
Torilis arvensis
Apiaceae


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