Category Archives: Flora & Fauna

California Poppies!!

The California Poppy or eschscholzia californica is a native wildflower and became the official state flower of California in 1903. When this magnificent flower is in bloom, it can easily blanket a hillside for hundreds, if not thousands of acres. They are a perennial and can grow from western Oregon all the way down to […]

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Plains Cactus

Plains Cactus ( Pediocactus simpsonii ) By George Olin This spiny little plant is a maverick among cacti—it ranges far out of the desert and it varies so greatly in appearance that specimens might often be mistaken for different species. It not only thrives where rainfall is plentiful but seems to prefer a cold winter […]

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Desert Plants and Wildflowers: Survival of the Fittest

The wind-blown trunks and roots of the sagebrush are twisted and exposed. Branches and leaves are pale and lifeless. The fierce weather of early spring continues to blast through the desert landscape and yet, somehow, there is a spark of life. First a leaf sprouting from a dried twig, then a thin plant stalk that […]

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