WHITEWATER CANYON APRIL 2010 PART ONE
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Photographs by Michael Charters




I have received a request to put in a little more information about the locations of these photo galleries. Whitewater Canyon and the Whitewater Preserve are just a few miles north of I-10, east of Banning and Beaumont, and a couple of miles past where CA-111 goes off to Palm Springs. The Riverside/San Bernardino County line runs across the canyon a few miles north of the Visitor Center. It was an incredibly windy day as I made my first visit in April and I was sandblasted and blown about but nevertheless managed to enjoy myself. I had wanted to get across the river in the lower part of the wash, but there was just too much water flowing to try it. I have come to the conclusion that the Whitewater area is drier this year than last and it is not as floristic as it was then. Specific areas visited on this trip included part of the PCT toward Red Dome, the lower wash near Bonnie Bell, the canyon immediately to the south of the Canyon Overlook loop trail, and a section of the wash north of the Visitor Center, where I searched unsuccessfully for Tom Chester's Linanthus bigelovii. An asterisk next to the common name indicates a non-native taxon, and a tilde (~) indicates an uncertain identification.


   
Sacred datura
Datura wrightii
Solanaceae


 
California tickseed
Coreopsis californica var. californica
Asteraceae
Bigelow's coreopsis
Coreopsis bigelovii
Asteraceae
 
 
California tickseed
Coreopsis californica var. californica
Asteraceae
Bigelow's coreopsis
Coreopsis bigelovii
Asteraceae
Disk flowers
L:  Coreopsis californica (0 pappus
scales)
R:  Coreopsis bigelovii (2 pappus
scales)
 
 
California tickseed
Coreopsis californica var. californica
Asteraceae
Bigelow's coreopsis
Coreopsis bigelovii
Asteraceae
 


 
Smooth western tansy mustard
Descurainia pinnata ssp. glabra
Brassicaceae
 
Long-beaked storksbill *
Erodium botrys
Geraniaceae


   
Prickly sow-thistle *
Sonchus asper
Asteraceae


 
Bajada lupine
Lupinus concinnus
Fabaceae
 
Common fiddleneck
Amsinckia menziesii var. intermedia
Boraginaceae


 
 
Lemmon's linanthus
Leptosiphon lemmonii
Polemoniaceae
 
 



 
Bladderpod
Isomeris arborea
Brassicaceae
 
Mojave yucca
Yucca schidigera
Agavaceae
 


 
 
 
 
Ground pink
Linanthus dianthiflorus
Polemoniaceae
 
 



   
Veatch's blazing star
Mentzelia veatchiana
Loasaceae