Big Basin still blooming

Fairy lanterns (Calochortus albus)

Fairy lanterns (Calochortus albus)

The coastal grasslands are already drying up and turning brown, but Big Basin still sports an array of wildflowers. Hiking down the Skyline-to-the-Sea Trail yesterday, Jorge Torres, Myriam Scally, and I found several populations of fairy lanterns and walked past carpets of Pacific starflower.

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea)

Foxglove (Digitalis purpurea) – a naturalized flower so beautiful that it will make your heart stop (or not). Note the white spider on one of the petals.

Pacific starflower (Trientalis latifolia)

Pacific starflower (Trientalis latifolia)

 

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About Leighton Reid

Restoration Ecologist
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