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28 February 2009 @ 12:00 pm
Early Wildflowers  
Place: Rancho Cañada del Oro
Date: February 28, 2009
Weather: Overcast.
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The first poppies of the season always make me jump with joy. Such a happy orange!

Some Kind of Pea
Some kind of pea flower.

Purple Nightshade
Purple nightshade, Solanum xanti, is common in this area. The flowers are very showy.

Fragrant Shrub
A woody shrub with very fragrant white flowers.

These shrubs were heavy with berries. I was surprised that the birds and squirrels hadn't raided them yet.

The Way I Came
Looking back along Mayfair Ranch Trail.

Panorama, Too

Panorama from Bald Peaks Trail. Diablo Range in the distance on the left, Mount Umumhum on the right. Nearly 360°.

Unfurling poppy bud
A poppy bud is unfurling. The stamens are still loaded with pollen. Only some has rubbed off onto the inside of the petals.

Backlit yellow pansy, Viola pedunculata, in the grass by Bald Peaks.

Bailey's Avenue, Framed
The long straight line in the middle of the frame is Bailey Avenue. It leads to Hwy 101 between San Jose and Morgan Hill.

A white relative of the forgetmenot
To my European eyes, this looks like a white version of the forgetmenot.

Green Hills
Ah, green hills. So refreshing.