WINTER CREEK LOOP, SAN GABRIEL MTS JUNE 2012
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Photographs by Michael Charters




Travelling all over Southern California as I do, it's nice to go somewhere local, and having gone this year from the Antelope Valley to Anza-Borrego, from the Gavilan Hills of Riverside County to the Pebble Plains, and from Burton Mesa in Santa Barbara County to Death Valley, it was really good to check out an area that is practically in my back yard. This has been an odd year with weather patterns that are not typical for this region, but which may be more typical of its future. In most years the flora of this trail would be mostly done by now, but I discovered an enormous amount of blooming going on with sections of the trail lined with wildflowers. The Theodore Payne Foundation has for reasons known only to itself ended this year's Wildflower Hotline, and this trail loop is a good example of why their decision is a bad one. You only have to drive a few miles from Sierra Madre to Chantry Flats to find yourself in a wildflower wonderland. Click here for wildflower reports that continue what the TPF started, and thanks to Hartmut Wisch for the critter id's. A few of the species shown here were photographed along the road leading up to Chantry Flats. An asterisk indicates a non-native taxon.


   
Short-leaved cliff aster
Malacothrix saxatilis var. tenuifolia
Asteraceae

[Right: Variable checkerspot, Euphydryas chalcedona]


 
Hairy bush monkeyflower
Mimulus aurantiacus var. pubescens
Phrymaceae
 



 
 
 
Heartleaf penstemon
Keckiella cordifolia
Plantaginaceae
 
 



   
White nightshade
Solanum douglasii
Solanaceae
 
 
Prickly phlox
Linanthus californicus
Polemoniaceae


   
Scarlet larkspur
Delphinium cardinale
Ranunculaceae



 
California everlasting
Pseudognaphalium californicum
Asteraceae
   



 
Convergent lady beetle
Hippodamia convergens
Coccinellidae

 
 
Thoroughwort *
Ageratina adenophora
Asteraceae
 
Western honeybee
Apis mellifera
Apidae
 


 
 
 
Plummer's mariposa lily
Calochortus plummerae
Liliaceae



   
Martin's paintbrush
Castilleja applegatei ssp. martinii
Orobanchaceae
 
California chicory
Rafinesquia californica
Asteraceae


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