WHITEWATER CANYON FEBRUARY 2010 PAGE ONE
Photographs by Michael Charters




The picture above is from the Pacific Crest Trail looking down into Whitewater Canyon from the ridge between the Whitewater Canyon drainage and the Mission Creek drainage to the east, with the huge snowbound bulk of Mt. San Jacinto in the distance. With the Whitewater Bioblitz coming up in April, I wanted to extend my exploration of the canyon beyond where I had gone before. It is 8 miles from the Ranger Station to the front gate of Mission Creek Preserve, and today I went about 4-1/2 to the junction of the West Fork Trail. Next time I'll start in Mission Creek and work back in the direction of Whitewater. I can only hope that we get some warm weather very soon because if we don't the flora will be sparse. There is far less blooming now than there was last year in February, which is ironic considering how much rain we've had, but nevertheless I had a great hike, and used my new water shoes to get across the swiftly flowing Whitewater River. An asterisk indicates a non-native species.


   
Lotebush
Ziziphus parryi var. parryi
Rhamnaceae


 
Rock crossosoma
Crossosoma bigelovii
Crossosomataceae


 
 
Bigelow's spike-moss
Selaginella bigelovii
Selaginellaceae
 
 
 
 
Bladderpod
Isomeris arborea
Brassicaceae
Telegraph weed
Heterotheca grandiflora
Asteraceae
 
 


   
Wild cucumber
Marah macrocarpus var. macrocarpus
Cucurbitaceae



       
   
Red-stem filaree *
Erodium cicutarium
Geraniaceae
   
    Narrow-leaf willow
Salix exigua
Salicaceae


 
Blue dicks
Dichelostemma capitatum ssp. capitatum
Themidaceae
 
Coulter's lupine
Lupinus sparsiflorus
Fabaceae
 


   
Slender pectocarya
Pectocarya linearis ssp. ferocula
Boraginaceae


 
 
California juniper
Juniperus californica
Cupressaceae



 
 
California ephedra
Ephedra californica
Ephedraceae
 
 



 
California sagebrush
Artemisia californica
Asteraceae
 
Rock dudleya, Desert dudleya
Dudleya saxosa ssp. aloides
Crassulaceae