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 When I first read the field notes of Annie Alexander and Louise Kellogg, I was fascinated by the descriptions they wrote about the places they went and the plants and animals they found there. By publishing my field notes on the Internet I hope to follow a little bit in their tradition.

 

 

   

2007

 

 

   

Weursday 28/29 March 2007

 
  I call this Weursday, because when traveling east the days seem to merge into each other, in this case our Wednesday merged into Thursday.
  This morning we left San Francisco on a Lufthansa flight to Frankfurt. The flight left a few minutes late but arrived in Frankfurt on time. In frankfurt we transferred to a Madrid flight. Again it left a few minutes late but arrived on time. In Madrid, one of my wife's suitcases was missing, so we filed a report with Lufthansa, and then walked out to the taxi stand. The taxi took us directly to our hotel, Hotel Mora.
  However, the driver took us on a very long “circumvaluation” around the city center. The freeways were all moving where we went, and I saw that the freeway normally taken was completely stopped up, but it was also good deal for the taxi driver to rack up miles and charge us more.
  Finally, at Hotel Mora, we checked in, cleaned up a bit, and then took a short nap, setting the alarm so that we did not sleep too long. After our nap, we went out for a walk, with the purpose of staying awake until a reasonable bed time.
  At Atocha railroad station, we stopped to obtain our tickets. I had purchased the tickets on the Internet, but RENFE wanted to see our credit card first hand before issuing the tickets. Also, RENFE would only issue one set of tickets on one new credit card. Well, the Altaria was full from Madrid to Sevilla, but the AVE still had room in Preferente class. So, I had to buy two sets of tickets. I used my name, passport number, and credit card for Madrid to Sevilla, and my wife's name, passport number and credit card number for the Sevilla to Puerto Santa Maria leg.
  At Atocha, the ticket counters were mobbed, probably because people were trying to get out of town for Semana Santa. You can start at a special counter to get a number. They were working on numbers in the high 300's while giving out numbers in the low 500's. However, because we were picking up tickets purchased on the Internet, we got a special "quick number," 740 that came up on the ticket counter almost immediately. We were able to pick up our tickets for both legs, Madrid to Sevilla on the AVE, and the Altaria from Sevilla to Puerto Santa Maria, at the same time. This would save us a lot of time on Friday morning.
  From the Atocha ticket counter, we walked both underground and above trying to find the memorial to the victims of the 3/11 train bombing. Eventually we found it outside, in the middle of the traffic circle. You have to find your way to it from inside, and then you can see the crystal and the names of the victims.
  From Atocha, we walked up Paseo de Prado, stopping at VIPS (news stand) to look for a map of Andalucia. Didn't find one.
  We had a light dinner at Cafe Museo on Calle de los Huertos just off Paseo de Prado. We ordered tostada con tomate, the house special salad with rice, and the potatoes, broken eggs, and pumpkin dish. It was all very good, and just the right amount for two.
  From Cafe Museo, we walked back to Hotel Mora and went to bed.

 

   

Friday, 30 March 2007

 
  Today we traveled to El Puerto de Santa Maria from Madrid. In Madrid we had breakfast of orange juice, coffee, and tostada (toast) con tomate. This reminds us that there are many different interpretations of just what "tostada con tomate" might be. This rendition had a few tomato seeds and a little tomato squeezed onto some toast. Last night's "tostada con tomate" was an ample spread of pureed tomato on toast. Today's rendition was a little disappointing. Back in our hotel room, we finished packing, and walked to Puerto Atocha.

Locations: Madrid.
Full Size ImageClose-up of planted wall
Full Size ImageView of planted wall  

We noticed that the building wall adjacent to Hotel Mora has been covered with a vertical garden. It looks like there is a framework that is covered with a heavy fabric and many different species of plants have been stuck into the fabric to grow. Unfortunately, the area is still under construction and it was not possible to see the entire area at one time. However, once the construction is finished, the plants should be well-established and quite beautiful. Later we learned that the wall was in installed by Patrick Blanc (http://www.verticalgardenpatrickblanc.com/) and will form part of the entrance to the new Caixa Forum Museum on Avenida del Prado.

Full Size ImageView of the waiting area of Estacion Santa Justa
Full Size ImageThe Altaria arrives in Estacion Santa Justa, Sevilla  
We continued on to Atocha, went through Security, waited a few minutes, and then boarded the AVE. At Sevilla, we got off the AVE, waited a few minutes in the Station Santa Justa, and then went down to the platform to wait for the Altaria.

Full Size ImageIan plays on the monkey bars  
my daughter and grandson picked us up at Puerto Santa Maria. my daughter went to work and grandson, son in law, my wife and I went to the park.

 

   

Saturday, 31 March 07

 

Full Size ImagePlaying baseball in the front patio.  
This morning it was threatening rain. my daughter and my wife went shopping to buy a few clothes so that my wife will have some until her suitcase arrives. son in law, grandson and I went for a walk and got a coffee. However, it started to rain a little bit, so we started for home. There, we played baseball in the front yard until the rain became too hard, then we colored and made stickers until my daughter and my wife came home. my wife and my daughter made Merluza (Hake) and green beans for dinner. son in law and I worked on the router for a while. We're having trouble successfully signing on with PPPoE, but should be able to do so successfully. We (all) went for another walk through the neighborhood. When we returned, the delivery van with my wife’s suitcase arrived. It was a bit of good luck, as he could not have left the suitcase without a signature.

 

   

Sunday, 1 April 2007

 

Full Size ImageFishing from the beach promenade  
Today our plan was to go to Cadiz and watch a few “pasos” for Semana Santa.

In the morning, we went to get “churros,” a fried pastry, at the local churro stand, then my daughter went back to the house to work a little bit, while the rest of us went down to the beach. There is a promenade nearby that we visited. I looked at the local weeds. I think the big cane is Arondo. There is a yellow lupine that looks like a lotus from a distance, and a large red vetch. There is also an orobanche that is quite large, and has many flowers arranged around a central spike.


Full Size ImageThe ferry approaching El Puerto de Santa Maria terminal.  
We took the 2:00 PM ferry from the El Puerto terminal on Rio Guadalete. The cost for adults is 1.80€, or about $2.40. This ferry is a fast catamaran. The web sites refer to a little ferry called “El Vaporcita.” We did not see the little ferry this day, but did see it on Sunday two weeks later.

Locations: Cadiz.
Full Size ImageView of Cadiz from the ferry  

The ride is slow at first through the El Puerto harbor, and then quite fast across the Bay of Cadiz. The ride was a little bit rough, as the Bay is open to the Atlantic Ocean and the wind was blowing swells directly into the bay. Twenty minutes later we docked in the harbor at Cadiz. The ferry terminal is centrally located, just a few short blocks from the cathedral.

Full Size ImageOlder building with tower.  
Many of the older buildings in Cadiz had small towers on top so that ships could be seen entering the harbor. When ships were arriving in the harbor, the first merchant to see them could also be the first merchant at shipside to sell their wares.
  Getting off the ferry, we set off in search of a restaurant for lunch. Unfortunately, everyone in Cadiz was also eating lunch in a restaurant. So we had to wait a while, and then had a lunch of salad, chicken, and two kinds of fish.

Full Size ImageThe Cristo at rest at the entrance to Plaza San Agustin  
From lunch we walked parallel to a “paso” until we could get ahead of it, stopping at the Plaza de San Agustin. This was the paso of Borriquito (Little Burro), from the Iglesia de Carmen, and it depicts Jesus entering the city of Jerusalem on a little burro. It is the first “paso” of Semana Santa in Cadiz. They left at 4:00 PM and after passing through the Cathedral would return at Midnite. After waiting only an hour, the “paso” began to come by. This was not a large paso consisting of only a few hundred Nazarrenos, the two floats, one for Jesus and one for Mary, and band for each.

Full Size ImageThe "costaleros" under the Cristo.  
The Cristo stopped just at it entered the Plaza de San Agustin. The “costaleros” set it down and then take a break. Sometimes, they change out the “costaleros” and those relieved from the service race ahead to carry the “paso” up ahead.

Full Size ImageThe Cristo from the Iglesia de Carmen at the Iglesia de San Agustin  
Adjacent to the Plaza de San Agustin was the Iglesia de San Agustin. When the Jesus float and Mary float went by the church doors, they stopped, and turned to face into the church. The Mary float, in particular, would sway in place, and then lunge forward toward the door.
  After watching the “paso,” we had a coffee at a nearby hotel, then went out again to see the “salida” (exit) of another nearby “paso.”
  This “paso” from the Iglesia de San Agustin goes by the name “Humilidad,” and depicts Jesus sitting on a boulder thinking about his crucifixion. It was coming out at 7:30 PM. The doors opened promptly at 7:30, and in a few minutes the Jesus float came out. I was able to take a video of the “costaleros” lifting the float, and begin to turn to go down the street. They had just gotten it turned to head down the street when it was time to leave for the ferry.
  The ferry is a little smaller than the ferries on San Francisco bay. The ride back to El Puerto was a little smoother, mostly because we were going in the same general direction as the ocean swells.

 

   

Monday, 2 April 2007

 

Full Size ImageThe Rota Navy Base from El Puerto
Full Size ImagePlaying on the beach  
This morning after breakfast, meaning about 11:00 o’clock, my wife and I took grandson out so that my daughter could work.

We walked to the overlook of the bay, and then down to the beach. There, grandson and I made mountains and tunnels in the sand on the beach. After returning to the house, I went for a run through the neighborhood.

In the afternoon, after lunch, I took a siesta.


Full Size ImageColoring Easter Eggs.  
Then we helped grandson color Easter Eggs. This is not a tradition in Spain, so my wife brought a Dora-themed easter egg coloring set.
  my wife and I went to get bread so that my daughter could make Salmorejo, a kind of tomato soup. At the “Panaderia” (bread shop) the clerk tried to help me by using some Spanglish asking for “Uno and twenty.” When I gave her 1.20€, she wanted 20 cents more. So I think, maybe, she meant to say “Uno and forty.”

 

   

Tuesday, 3 April 2007

 
  In the morning I worked on my daughter and son in law’s Internet connection. I could not get the connection to work. Over the course of the morning I made a few discoveries; one of the being that a Cross-Over Cable was being used between the ADSL modem/router and the laptop. Several others related to how the ADSL modem/router was configured. I think I’m getting close to configuring the Linksys router to work with the ZyTel.
  In the afternoon, my daughter, grandson, my wife and I went to a park in Rota.
  Nearby was a visitor center for some sort of natural reserve or environmental organization. While, we did not visit this center, it is quite close of “Los Corrales de Rota” which appear to have been places to keep or raise fish along the coast.

 

   

Wednesday, 4 April 2007

 
  In the morning I played with grandson a bit. Then I went for a run. I went north to the edge of the navy base, and then down the steps to the beach. Ran down the beach about 10 minutes and then turned back. I did pretty good, but I had to walk up the steepest hill. Cleaned up and packed for our trip.

Full Size ImageRachel prepares the Dorado for lunch.  
my daughter made an early lunch, baking Dorado, a medium sized fish, with potatoes, tomatoes, onion, and olive oil for about an hour in a hot oven.

Full Size ImageDorado with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and oil  
  Leaving El Puerto de Santa Maria, son in law and my daughter navigated their way through the industrial polygon to the main highway, which we took past Cadiz, Chiclana, and Vejer de la Frontera.

Full Size ImageOsborne bull in the countryside of the Province of Cadiz.  
Between Vejer de la Frontera and Tarifa we saw more and more windmills. We also saw a couple of bulls. Originially, these were advertising for Osborne Sherry. When roadside advertising was banned, and the bulls began to be removed, there was a popular demand to retain the bull without the name. So a compromise was struck to allow just that. Generally, the bulls remain, and there are a few “Tio Pepe” around for that kind of sherry also.

Locations: Baelo Claudio.
Full Size ImageGroup photo at Baelo Claudio  

We turned off to go to the Playa de Bolonia and to a roman archeological site called Baelo Claudio.

Locations: Baelo Claudio.
Full Size ImageView of Baelo Claudio from above.  

Locations: Baelo Claudio.
Full Size ImageView of market place at Baelo Claudio.  

The market place at Baelo Claudio.

Locations: Baelo Claudio.
Full Size ImageColumns at Baelo Claudio  

Baelo Claudio was at its peak from AD 41 until AD 54 when it began to decline after an earthquake (in the Gulf of Cadiz, likely).

Full Size ImageView of Baelo Claudio from Theater.  

Full Size ImageIan in tree at Baelo Claudio  

Full Size ImageView of Baelo Claudio from above.  

Locations: Baelo Claudio.
Full Size ImageView of Baelo Claudio from Bolonia  

Had a coffee at Playa de Bolonia and then got back on the road to Tarifa.

Full Size ImageIan in front of our room at Hostal El Levante.  

Full Size ImageWe look across the Straits of Gibraltar to Morocco  
We walked up to the vista point.
  It was very clear and we could see mountains, towns, bridges, and windmills in Morocco.

Full Size ImageView of the Moroccan Coast from Tarifa  

Full Size ImageCathedral in Tarifa  
Had a dinner of different things. grandson had a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, son in law had a tapa of stuffed squid and lasagna, my daughter had desayuno (breakfast) of fried ham, eggs and toast, my wife had Tortilla Espanola, and I had a Bocatilla Pepito de Ternera (a grilled steak sandwich).
  coffee and ice cream
  Then we came back to Hostal El Levante for the night.

 

   

Thursday, 5 April 2007

 
  In the morning, we had a light breakfast at Hostal Le Levante. They do Tostada con tomate well, as we only had to ask for a little more pureed tomato for the four of us. After breakfast, we checked out of the hotel, and got in the car, driving past Tarifa.

It was cloudy this morning and we could not see anything of Africa, even from the high viewpoint along the highway.

The next town was Algeciras. From the highway, Algeciras appears to be a large, bustling, and rapidly growing port city, being situated within the Straits of Gibraltar.

Locations: Gibraltar. La Linea de la Concepcion.
Full Size ImageGetting ready to enter Gibraltar from La Linea de la Concepcion
Full Size ImageCrossing the runway into Gibraltar  

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Residential area in Gibraltar
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Heading back across the runway to leave Gibraltar
At San Roque, one turns south from the main highway to Gibraltar. There are a few small Spanish towns on the route, finished by La Linea de la Conception. Here we parked on a side street, and walked to the border. Unfortunately, we learned at the border that my daughter and grandson could not take grandson across because he did not have his own passport. They had a Spanish “Libro de Familia” (Family Book) but the Spanish border guard said that would not be sufficient to get grandson back into Spain.

We decided that my wife and I would take the 1 ½ hour “Cross-It-Off-Your-List” walking tour of Gibraltar. This consisted of walking across the runway (the only way into Gibraltar), …

… going to the main shopping square, buying a trinket, collecting a rock to take back into Spain (that way all of Gibraltar will eventually be back in Spain), …

… and then walking back across the runway into Spain.

  Driving away from La Linea, we backtracked part-way back to Algeciras to the highway north and then proceeded up the valley to Jimena de la Frontera. This is not Jimena de Librar that we have visited previously, and it took some doing to get us all on that same page.
  Somewhat by accident, we happened on a nice restaurant for lunch in middle (by elevation) Jimena de la Fra. I had the green salad and the grilled piece of pork. my wife had the “mixed” salad that included tuna, egg, corn, artichoke hearts, etc., and the lentil soup that she remembers as being quite good. my daughter had the swordfish, and I don’t remember what son in law had.

Full Size ImageIan has an ice cream  
After lunch, we drove a little higher in the town, looking for “helado” (ice cream) as a treat for grandson, as he had eaten quite a lunch. We found a place in a small square and watch enviously as grandson polished off the entire cup of chocolate ice cream while we had a coffee.

Locations: Jimena de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageView of Jimena de la Frontera from the castle.  

Having four or five coffees a day here is not like four or five coffees at Starbucks. The amount of coffee is much less, and three “café con leche” would equal a tall latte at Starbucks. Also, I don’t think the coffee here has quite a much caffeine. I think my daughter and son in law might disagree with me, but it’s just my opinion.

Locations: Jimena de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageThe castle on top of the hill.  

Following the ice cream soirée in upper-middle Jimena de la Frontera, we decided to go all the way to the top, and take in the castle. This one is in a state of arrested decay. There is some ongoing work to expose and preserve some Roman murals over to one side of the hill. Mainly the castle affords a fine view of the river valley below.

Locations: Jimena de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageThe castle gate.  

There is also a cemetery on the top of this hill, but we did not visit it.
  There is no direct way to get to Grazalema from Jimena de la Frontera. I might have opted for the longer but possibly faster route up the ridge between the Rio _______ and the Rio ______ to Ronda and then turn west to Grazalema.
  However, we made plans to take a more direct but mountainous route through Cortes and Ubrique

 

   

Friday, April 6, 2007

 
  Today was a day to stay in Grazalema and not drive.
  We began with breakfast at a café in the main plaza, Plaza de España. There my wife and I asked for toast with tomato. This should come with olive oil. Instead we got toast with strawberry jelly and the waiter brought a large tub of margarine. Later, when my daughter and son in law came, they specifically ordered toast with oil and tomato, and got what they wanted. As pointed out before, every place is different in its rendition of toast with tomato. I guess some places also make their own their assessment of whether you should get it.
  After breakfast, my daughter and I bought some cheese (mixed goat and sheep milk) and some sausage at the meat store and some bread at the grocery store,

Full Size ImageGrazalema street under construction.  
We hiked up to the top of Grazalema. Near the top of the city, the street was being replaced. I thought the construction was interesting. Over the ground, they put a layer of wire. Then stones with rought mortar. Then I expect they will come back and place a finish coat of mortar.

Full Size ImageTrailhead for Llanos de Endrinal  

Full Size ImageHiking above Grazalema  
… then began our trail to Llanos de Endridal.

Full Size ImageIan on the trail.  
grandson did very well for the first half hour, and then needed help thereafter.

Full Size ImageTom photographs an orchid on the trail.  
There were two different orchids on the trail, this purple one, and a white one.

Full Size ImageCommon orchid in Sierra de Grazalema.  
This was the most common of two orchids we observed on the trail.
  When we got up, the sky was clear. But by the time we were on our trail, the sky clouded over, it rained a few drops, which then turned to freezing rain. Maybe there were a few snow flakes. It stopped and we stopped to have a little lunch, perhaps a little early, then started the freezing rain again before we returned to the top of Grazalema.

Literature Cited:
- Bradshaw, R. E., 2003.
Full Size ImageWe take the walking tour of Grazalema  

We all took a siesta and then started out again. Post-siesta, early afternoon being about 6:00 PM. We took part of a published walking tour of Grazalema, …

Full Size ImageOlder grillwork on a residence in Grazalema.  
… noting some older style grillwork, …

Full Size ImageOlder style of house painting in Grazalema  
… some painted exterior walls that have been exposed by removing the now-standard white plaster, and a old column of unknown age that has been used as a door step.

Literature Cited:
- Bradshaw, R. E., 2003.

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageChecking the map after visiting the ancient column  

After passing through a tunnel under the main road into Grazalema, we also saw another column of unknown vintage.

Literature Cited:
- Bradshaw, R. E., 2003.

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageThe Roman Fountain in Grazalema  

A little further down is the Roman fountain, …

Literature Cited:
- Bradshaw, R. E., 2003.
Full Size ImageThe public laundry in Grazalema  

… and the public laundry (no longer in use).
  Now we began our re-ascent into Grazalema, pushing the stroller up ramp and steep street, until we reached the gazebo that overlooks the main part of town. It was raining a little, so there was not much opportunity for photography.
  For dinner we went to Hostal Casa de las Piedras. son in law had the Sopa de Grazalema (egg, chorizo, and bread in broth) again, and the trout. The trout was large-sized, seeming a little larger than trout we get. They had a special dish of spinach, lentils, and garbanzos that my wife ate, plus a revuelta with some unidentified vegetables. my daughter had the Sopa de Grazalema, and another revuelta with mushrooms and asparagus. It tasted pretty good if one could overlook the asparagus. I had the Sopa de Picadillos (soup of little things: egg, ham and croutons). However, I did not encounter any ham in my bowl. And, I had the grilled chicken breast. Here, grilled chicken breast is not a single breast, but more like two that have been pounded flat. So, it is a lot of food. Same with the grilled pork that I had on Thursday in Jimena de la Frontera.
  This being Good Friday, it was the night for the Semana Santa pasos in Grazalema. The "salida" was scheduled for 10:00 PM, and a light rain was threatening. Therefore, a decision was made not to come out of the church.

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageThe men of the church carry the Cristo.  

The Cristo was carried by the men. There was only one band, inside the church, possibly a combination of the Cristo band with the Virgin band. Inside the church, the music was very loud and quite dramatic.

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageThe women of the church carry the Virgin.  

The Virgin was carried by the women of the church. Until now, we have seen the virgin carried only by the men. So we think this might be something unique to Grazalema, or maybe to the smaller towns.
  The effect of candlelight in the church was also very dramatic. I have a short video of the Virgin across the church that can be downloaded here (http://www.schweich.com/images/MVI_1243.AVI).

 

   

Saturday, 7 April 2007

 

Locations: Olvera.
Full Size ImageThe Olvera station in Olvera.  

Today we are going to walk on the Via Verde. This is a former railroad roadbed that goes 30 km between Olvera and Puerto Serrano. The railroad was originally planned to run from Jerez to Almargin, and was under construction by private interests in 1926. However, an economic downturn stopped construction and the railway was never finished.

Locations: Olvera.
Full Size ImageA tunnel on the Via Verde.  

After an initial stop at an intermediate point we went to the Olvera railway station between Olvera and Pruna. The former, and never used, railroad station has been restored and is a hostel and restaurant. Of the four stations between Olvera and Puerto Serrano, three have been restored, but one is still in ruins.

Locations: Olvera.
Full Size ImageButterfly seen along the Via Verde
Full Size ImageCommon flower along the Via Verde  

We walked on the Via Verde a little over 4 km. Along the way I saw an Aristolochia and a Scrophularia, Cerinthe major, and a little brown and yellow orchid on otherwise barren slope. One of the plants I;ve been trying to key out has a purple corolla, a scorpoid cyme, five stamens, arranged with one short, two long and two exserted, and the style obscurely forked. This is really common and should be easily identifiable.

Locations: Olvera.
Full Size ImageFinca? Cortijo? Near Olvera
Full Size ImageCountryside outside Olvera  

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Working in the olive groves.
Nearly all of the countryside outside Olvera is under cultivation. Some places there are fields of grain, some places formal olive groves, other places there are just informal olive groves, tended by part-time farmers from the city.
  We had a little lunch, of bread, cheese, and salami, and then started back. my daughter accidently stepped off the pavement, and banged her knee badly. So my wife and I stayed with her, while son in law took grandson to get the car. We slowly made our way to the intermediate point mentioned above, where son in law met us with the car.
  Because the people at the Olvera station had given son in law some first aid supplies, we went back there. After returning the supplies, we had the usual coffee, and grandson had a ColaCao.
  From there we drove back to Grazalema instead of Setenil, so that my daughter could avoid aggravating her knee.

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageChurch in main plaza of Grazalema
Full Size ImageCrafts Fair in Grazalema  

After a little snack, my wife and I walked around the town and looked in shops, while my daughter and son in law rested.

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageView below the town of Grazalema.  

 

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageView across the valley at Grazalema  

 

 

   

Sunday, 8 April 2007

 

Locations: Grazalema.
Full Size ImageView of Grazalema from east of town.  

Today (Sunday), we got up, packed, had a little breakfast in my daughter and son in law’s hotel apartment, and then left Grazalema, stopping to look back at the view of the town in the morning sun.

Locations: Sierra del Caillo.
Full Size ImageValley on south side of Sierra del Caillo
Full Size ImagePigs along the highway to Villaluenga del Rosario  

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View of the Sierra del Caillo
Along the road through Villaluenga de la Rosa, there were many animals.

Locations: Ubrique.
Full Size ImageNacho at the Sendero  

In Ubrique, were looking for the “Calzada Romana” (Roman Road). We stayed on the north side of town, passing the Fuente de los Nueve Canos (Fountain of Nine Some-Things),

Locations: Ubrique.
Full Size ImageSign at Trailhead.  

when we saw a sign pointing to the Sendero (trailhead). I checked it out from below and the road looked pretty good. Unfortunately, just around to corner, the road turned to a poor dirt road. We continued up to road a short way, and then parked, leaving my daughter, my wife, and sleeping grandson, while son in law and I walked the remainder of the road up to the sendero (trailhead).

Locations: Ubrique.
Full Size ImageThe Calzada continued up the hill toward Benoacaz  

son in law and walked a short portion of the “Calzada Romana” (Roman Road).

Locations: Jedula.
Full Size ImageCerveceria El Confesionario in Jedula.  

We stopped for lunch in Jedula, though not at this particular bar. Here the women and children were out front and in the plaza, while the men were watching footbal (soccer) in television inside the bar.
  Now we are back in El Puerto. I think grandson is happy to be home.
  This evening my wife and I took grandson to the beach. There were many people out on the beach, and the little café was open. grandson and I made a mountain, and a hole. A little boy, about grandson’s age stopped by to play for a little while, and then went back to his family.

 

   

Monday, 9 April 2007

 
  Today, I did not do much because I have a cold. my wife went to coffee with my daughter’s friends, we did some laundry, and this afternoon grandson, son in law, and my wife have gone to the park, while I feed clothes to washer and dryer.

 

   

Tuesday, 10 April 2007

 
  Didn’t do much today either. Really felt lousy.

 

   

Wednesday, 11 April 2007

 
  Today I walked up to the Farmacia to get some saline solution for my nose. Armed with a cheat sheet that said “solucion salina para nariz” and “Rhinomer #3,” I was able to remember this short speech, and get what I wanted. Other than that I didn’t do much today.

 

   

Thursday, 12 April 2007

 
  Today I set off in search of a haircut. Just on the other side of the Farmacia, there is a Peluquerido Drago & Ortega. I asked my daughter (she gets her hair cut there) and they do men. When I got there, I tried to open the door, but it would not open. Apparently, you have to knock, and they open the door from the inside. I asked, in my best Spanish, if they were a “haircut for men” and they said “yes” and motioned for me to sit. A young man came and got me and we negotiated about the length of my hair. I started at “dos milimetros” and he went to “numero dos.” As he got started, it was apparent that “numero dos” was a little long for me, and we needed “mas cortada,” so we went to “numero uno.” That turned out to be a little short, but it will be OK.
  The cost of the haircut was 6.50€, and I gave him a 1€ tip; probably too much again, but I’m a foreigner who doesn’t know any better here.

Full Size ImageOrobanche near the beach at El Puerto  
  Late in the “afternoon,” e.g., 7:30 PM, we decided to get a coffee. grandson went on his tricycle. son in law and I held him back on the way down the hill, and then puched him back up the hill, while helping steer.
  For dinner, we went to the local Mexican Cantina and Mini-Golf. We started with Jalapeño Poppers that were quite mild. Then my wife and I had chicken tacos, my daughter had a taco with black beans, and son in law had a burrito.
  The food was pretty good, and fairly close to what we know as Mexican food. There are a lot of Americans living in Rota and El Puerto that provide clientele for this restaurant.

 

   

Friday, 13 April 2007

 
  This morning we went to the Royal School of Equestrian Arts in Jerez de la Frontera. There was no performance today, only practice and access to the school grounds. We made several attempts to obtain tickets on the Internet, but in the end gave up, as they were always “sold out” or not available.
  On arrival in Jerez, we were lucky to find a street parking spot about a block from the school. We stood in a short line to buy tickets for 9€ each. grandson was free.
  Another gate gave us access and we went in. A large group of tourists seemed to be from Holland-America Line. I would guess their boat docked in Cadiz, and they were bussed to Jerez.

Full Size ImageArena  
Like most people, we went straight to the arena to watch the horses practice. Photography is prohibited. The practice was mostly individual horses and riders working on specific skills. Occasionally, a tour guide would call out that a tour was forming in Spanish, English, or German.
  When grandson tired of the horse practice, we went outside. Generally, only small areas of the grounds are available for unescorted touring.
  However, we noticed a large group of the Holland-America tourists were just leaving with an escort, and we attached ourselves to them. We toured the stables, actually just one hall in the stables. We saw a few horses come back in from practice, and two go out for practice.
  The tour was going somewhere else on the grounds, but we decided we had had enough. We worked out way back to the gate, and then to the car for the ride back to El Puerto.
  Back in El Puerto, we stopped at an appliance store to look at vacuum cleaners, but found none of the models that my wife and my daughter had seen at El Corte Ingles.
  At the house, we had lunch and a siesta. Neither my wife nor I feel particularly well due to our colds.

 

   

Saturday, 14 April 2007

 
  Saturday morning, we returned to Jerez. Access to the center of the city from the south is quite easy, with a broad street leading up past the Alcazar (fort) to a parking garage under the main plaza.

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageThe Alcazar in Jerez de la Frontera  

A local bicycle group was leaving for a tour of the city (#1) just as we arrived at the Alcazar.

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageInterpretive history at the Alcazar  

In the Alcazar, the mosque (mezquita) has been preserved, though it has been converted to a Christian church, and then partially restored as a mosque.

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageInterpretive history at the Alcazar  

There were actors interpreting the history of Jerez from the Moors of the 11th century until the 19th century.

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageGarden in the Alcazar  

The brochure notes that the Alcazar has experienced several periods of decay and restoration. At one time there was a partially constructed hotel in the Alcazar grounds. The gardens restored to be quite pretty (#2) with small fountains, little brick-lined streams and pools with goldfish.

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageMock sword fight.  

The actors staged a sword-fight to represent the time that Spain reconquested Jerez from the Moors. grandson liked the Spanish soldier, and watched the sword fight intensely, and then wanted to say “Hola!” to him (#3).

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageOlive press in the Alcazar  

 

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageOlive press in the Alcazar  

 

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImageInterior of the Cathedral  

 

Locations: Jerez de la Frontera.
Full Size ImagePlaza de Peones, Jerez de la Frontera  

We had a small lunch in the Plaza de Peones (#4) after which grandson acquired some small candies similar to Starburst.
  In the next plaza, Plaza del Progreso, there was a playground with lots of little children playing. After playing a while grandson shared some of his candy with a little girl (#5).
  In the afternoon, son in law took grandson down to the beach, while I went for a run. Again I went north to the edge of the navy base, down the stairs, then turned south on the beach. I ended my run with son in law and grandson. Some acquaintances from grandson’s school came by with their little boy, Jose. We talked for a while and the boys played in the sand. Of course, the talking was in my very limited Spanish, and their very limited English, with a lot of fumbling for vocabulary.

 

   

Sunday, 15 April 2007

 

Full Size ImageGetting Churros in El Puerto  
Sunday morning started with getting Churros and the paper (#6).
  Then we went to Cadiz on the Ferry to meet son in law’s brother, Julio, who is the commander of the Corvette Infanta Christina (#7). They are in Cadiz for a joint exercise with Algeria, Morocco, Greece, Turkey, and France to train for inspecting merchant ships in the Straits of Gibraltar.

Full Size ImageLittle ferry boat en route to Cadiz.  

Full Size ImageP77 Infanta Cristina in Cadiz  
Julio gave us a tour of the ship, meeting his officers, and letting grandson sit in the Captain’s Chair (#8).
  We had lunch of tapas on the sidewalk of a nearby restaurant, and then came home on the ferry.
  Maria Jesus and Julio were visiting in town, so we went do meet them at Puerto Sherry for a coffee.

 

   

Monday, 16 April 2007

 
  Today we went to El Corte Ingles in Jerez de la Frontera. The primary purpose was to buy a vacuum cleaner but we also bought a few other things. In Hipercor, we got CD’s to record and exchange photos from this trip and a few food items.
  After buying the vacuum cleaner, and depositing it in the car, we went back to the cafeteria in El Corte Ingles for some Tostada con Tomate. I think I should develop a rating scale for this. You have to separately rate the quality of the toast, the quality of the oil, and the quantity and quality of the pureed tomato.

Full Size ImageIan's grandparents.  
In the evening Maria Jesus and Julio came over for dinner and to play with grandson.

 

   

Tuesday, 17 April 2007

 
  This morning my wife and my daughter have gone to the current-day equivalent of a “Tupperware Party,” a gathering of mostly English and American women from the Navy base and surrounding areas that includes to opportunity to buy kitchen ware and other things.
  I opted to stay home and do my e-mail. Then I looked at some imagery that was available on the Internet. About 1100 I changed to my running clothes, and set off for the beach. I generally run north along the upper streets to the promenade just at the edge of the navy base. The I go down the steps, about 30, to the beach and turn south. It takes about 6 minutes to get onto the beach. Then I run (“Run,” in the broad sense of the word.) south along the beach for 9 minutes, and turn around. At some point, I have to climb from the beach to the streets. Today, I climbed the stairs again. That seems to work better than to try and run up one of the streets.
  This afternoon I’ve done a little e-mailing and a little GIS work.

 

   

Wednesday, 18 April 2007

 
  This morning a general strike was called around the Bay of Cadiz to support the workers of the Delphi plant in Puerto Real that is being closed. my daughter and son in law thought our planned trip on the Cercanias to Sevilla from Puerto Santa Maria was likely threatened. If we called RENFE they would say that the trains were running. But, it was also possible that the trains just might not show up, or even that it might show up, but go no further. Therefore, it was decided that my daughter would drive us to Sevilla from where we planned to take the AVE to Madrid.

 

   

Thursday, 19 April 2007

 
  Flew Madrid to Frankfurt to San Francisco.

Full Size ImageLoeseliastrum on Furnace Creek Wash  
I found this little Loeselastrum on a bench beside the wash.,

 

   

Sunday, June 24, 2007

 

Other articles: California Highway 120 at Tuolumne Meadows

Locations: Tuolumne Meadows.
Full Size ImageTuolumne Meadows from western edge.  

I left Alameda Sunday morning, stopped at Tuolomne Meadows for the obligatory photograph, and reached Tioga Pass in about 3 1/2 hours
  Stopped at the Inyo National Forest Junction campground. I tried to find trail to Bennetville that is shown on the Tioga Pass USGS quadrangle map. This map shows the trail, an old road going up the south side of the creek. I could not find the trail, but eventually found good trail up the north side of the creek. The map labels the trail as “Loc Ap” which I later realize must mean “location approximate.” The trial leaves the campground near the campground host site, and goes straight to the cabins at Bennettville, then continues on to Shell Lake.

Locations: Bennettville. Tioga Peak.
Full Size ImageTwo cabins at Bennettville
Full Size ImageBennettville and Tioga Peak  

There are two cabins at Bennettville, that are being preserved in a state of arrested decay. The main cabin is two stories high, and the smaller is a single story.
  The insides of both cabins are plain, so it’s not possible to tell how they were used, whether a store, a hotel, etc.

Locations: Bennettville. Mount Dana.
Full Size ImageMount Dana from Bennettville  

The upper window in the main cabin has a great view of Mount Dana.

Locations: Shell Lake.
Full Size ImageMine Creek and Shell Lake  

Continuing up the trail, I went as far as Shell Lake, …

Locations: Mine Creek.
Full Size ImageMine Creek between Shell Lake and Junction Campgorund  

then crossed Mine Creek …
  and headed for the adit.
  There is a log bridge across Mine Creek that is about 1/4 mile below Shell Lake.

Locations: Bennettville.
Full Size ImageAdit of the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company at Bennettville
Full Size ImageInside the adit of the Great Sierra Consolidated Silver Company at Bennettville  

At the mine I looked around. There is a significant water flow from the mine that does not look particularly polluted.

Inside the mine entrance there is a gate.

And there are a few old pieces of equipment, both compressors, lying about at the entrance to the mine.

Locations: Bennettville. Tioga Peak.
Full Size ImageBennettville and Tioga Peak from the dump of the adit.  

I returned to log bridge, and then followed the trail back to campground.
  I stopped at Ellery Lake to look at the campground. It’s fairly nice, but many of the campsites are exposed.

Other articles: California Highway 120 above Lee Vining Cyn above Lee Vining Cyn

Locations: Warren Canyon.
Full Size ImageView of Warren Canyon from Tioga Pass Road.  

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Lee Vining Canyon from the Tioga Road.
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Water cascades down Lee Vining Canyon
On the highway, I stopped several times to look over the edge, and from one place had a good view up into Warren Fork of Lee Vining Creek.

Other articles: Poole Power Plant Road at Poole Power Stn

Locations: Lee Vining Canyon.
Full Size ImagePoole Power House in Lee Vining Canyon  

I turned off Highway 120 on Poole Power Station Road and drove to end of road at the power station.
  Big Bend Campground is the highest campground in Lee Vining Canyon. It had some nice spots still available at 300 PM on a Sunday. This is a location that several collections reference.

Other articles: California Highway 120 at Aqueduct Intake
Full Size ImageAqueduct Intake in Lee Vining Canyon  

Back on California Highway 120, I continued down hill towards Mono Lake. To the right, or south side of the highway, I saw the Los Angeles aqueduct diversion dam. It was not fenced or posted for No Trespassing, so I drove in to look at it.
  The reason to stop here, besides interest in water politics in the Mono Lake basin, are the several collections that were made in this area. For example, Dean Taylor made several collections just upstream from this dam.
  There is a small pond with two gates at the dam. One gate appeared to enter the aqueduct, and the other released water into Lee Vining Creek. It appears that the Lee Vining Creek might be automated to maintain a constant flow. If not automated, it was well-instrumented to measure the actual flow.
  The next place down the highway was the Lee Vining Ranger Station. This is an administrative center and redidential area. The public information office is down by the lake. Again, the reason to note this place is the collections that were made referencing this location. Among others, Jack Reveal and Carl Wolf made collections in this area.
  Just below the ranger station is a water fountain for drinking water. Here I refilled my water bottles.
  At Highway 395 I turned north and went through town …

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Mono Inn
Full Size ImageGrave of Adeline Carson Stilts  

… grave marker for Adeline Carson Stilts near the Mono Inn …

Grave of Adeline Carson Stilts

In sight of this location is the grave of Adeline Carson Stilts, daughter of scout, guide, and explorer Kit Carson. Called "Prairie Flower" by her father, and considered to be his favorite child, she came to the gold site of "Mono Diggins'" with her husband in about 1858. She died in the winter of 1859, at the age of 21, at the home of her friends, known as the Wilson Ranch.

Dedicated September 8. 1974

Bodie Chapter, E Clampus Vitus

Mono County Board of Supervisors
  … to Mono Lake County Park.

Locations: Lee Vining. Mono Lake County Park.
Full Size ImageLee Vining as seen from Mono Lake County Lake
Full Size ImageTwo American Avocets in breeding plumage.  

Walked on boardwalk down to the lake. There were lots of gulls and a few blackbirds, in addition to two American Avocets in breeding plumage.

Other articles: Cemetery Road (FR 02N40) at Thompson Ranch Mono Lake Basin Flora at Dechambeau Ck

Locations: Thompson Ranch.
Full Size ImageThompson Ranch north of Mono Lake County Park  

Above the county park are some large trees in a meadow. The area is signed as private property of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. I had thought that this was Mono Vista Spring. However, tomorrow at the Mono Historical Museum, I would learn that this was the location of the Thompson Ranch house. Regardless, this was only a pleasant partially shaded meadow.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Picnic Grounds
Full Size ImageMemorial Plaque for Sheriff James P. Dolan  

On the way back to town, I stopped at the Picnic Grounds Beach. This is not much of a picnic grounds, but there is one table that has a bit of shade, and there is access to the lake. This is one place to photograph brine flies.

This is also the location of the memorial plaque for Sheriff James P. Dolan.

Sheriff James P. Dolan

In July of 1915, the peace and quiet of Mono County was shattered when Sheriff James P. Dolan died as the result of gunshot wounds received while attempting to apprehend two outlaws who had terrorized ranchers a short distance from this location.

Outraged by the shooting of Sheriff Dolan, the citizenry of Mono County quickly organized a Sheriff's posse which tracked the outlaws to a location near Mono Craters. Justice was served when both outlaws were killed in a shootout with possemen. A coroner's inquest determined "death caused by resisting arrest by duly constituted representatives of the sheriff's office."

Sheriff Dolan, the 15th lawman to serve that office since the formation of Mono County, made the ultimate sacrifice with the fearless determination which had been entrusted to him by the citizens of Mono County.

By Martin A. Strelneck

Sheriff-Mono County 1993

Locations: Negit Island.
Full Size ImageNegit Island from the Mobil Gas Station  

For dinner I went to the Whoa Nelli Deli at the Mobil Gas station. This being Sunday afternoon, the gas station and restaurant was complete with a wine tasting. For dinner I had the Chicken Caesar Wrap. It was tasty, but only chicken, lettuce and a flour tortilla.
  At the motel, I talked a few minutes with my neighbor. He has just retired also. He is doing some drawing in his new found time. He had also ridden a new mototcycle up to Lee Vining today and was riding back to Los Angeles tomorrow.

 

   

Monday June 25 2007

 
  This morning I walked around town a little bit waiting until 9:00 AM so I could meet some people at the Mono Lake Committee.
  Among other things, we talked about some of the localities in the Mono Lake basin, and they suggested I stop at the Mono Basin Historical Society at the Museum.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 at Tioga Lodge

Locations: Mono Lake Post Office.
Full Size ImageTioga Lodge, site of former Mono Lake Post Office  

Before the museum opened, I drove to the Tioga Lodge and asked if they knew any history, especially about the Mono Lake Post Office being there. This was confirmed, and I copied some anonymous pages that had been written about the Lodge. They confirm that the Mono Lake Post Office was here, but do not give dates.

Locations: Lee Vining.
Full Size ImageBuilding of the Mono Basin Historical Society  

At the Mono Lake Historical Museum, I met Norm Dechambeau. He was able to give me the location of the Simis (Sylvester) Ranch. He knew the name Sylvester Ranch, but not Simis Ranch, recalling it as Simon’s Ranch. Carl W. Sharsmith made six collections at “Simis Ranch,” probably all on August 29, 1969, and Jack L. Reveal made one collection there in July 13, 1980. It’s possible that Sharsmith mistook “Simis” for “Simon’s” Ranch in his notes or in transcribing his notes to labels.
  I also asked Mr. Dechambeau about the “Maloney Place.” Only Jack L. Reveal and family collected at this location. Mr. Dechambeau had no knowledge of this name.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Williams Butte

Locations: Williams Butte.
Full Size ImageWilliams Butte from US Hwy 395  

Farrington’s was easier. It is at the base of Williams Butte, across Walker Creek from the former Cain Ranch. Marked at this time by trees and a corral, the trailers just above the corral are not part of “Farrington’s.”

Other articles: California Highway 120 east of Gaspipe Spr
Full Size ImageView of Cowtrack Mountain Road from CA Hwy 120  

From the museum, I went out Hwy 120 past Gas Pipe Spring to the road to Cowtrack Mountain.

Other articles: Cowtrack Mountain Road on flat near top
Full Size ImageSummit of Cowtrack Mountain  

The road to Cowtrack Mountain is a little sandy. In fact it is sandy almost to the very top of Cowtrack Mountain, getting rocky in only the last 100 feet. The drive was about 7 1/2 miles and took a little more than a half hour.

Locations: Adobe Hills Spillway. Cowtrack Mountain. Mono Lake.
Full Size ImageMono Lake and the Mono Basin as seen from Cowtrack Mountain
Full Size ImageSoutheast shore of Mono Lake as seen from Cowtrack Mountain  

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Adobe Hills Spillway from Cowtrack Mountain
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Post-burn vegetation patterns seen from Cowtrack Mountain
The view from the top was a little disappointing, as the air was quite hazy. This may be smoke from the devastating fire at South Lake Tahoe.

Other articles: Cowtrack Mountain Road on flat near top
Full Size ImageFlat area near top of Cowtrack Mountain  

On one of the large flats just below the summit at 11S 0339795 4203270, I collected a Phlox that seemed to have an unusually long floral tube

Full Size ImageGranite Prickly Phlox (Leptodactylon pungens), Collection No. 460
Full Size ImageGranite Prickly Phlox (Linanthus pungens), Collection No. 460.  
460  Linanthus pungens (Torr.) J. M. Porter & L. A. Johnson. (Syn: Leptodactylon pungens (Torr.) Nutt. ex Rydb. ) Granite Prickly Phlox.

Cowtrack Mountain, Mono County, California. Large, sandy, flat area on Cowtrack Mountain, along the road to the summit, about 5.2 miles northeast of California Highway 120, and 1.5 miles southwest of the summit. 37.9615°N, 118.824596°W. UTM: 11S 4203270N 339795E.

Other articles: Cowtrack Mountain Road beside the road
Full Size ImageCalochortus beside Cowtrack Mountain Road  

Also on the descent, I saw a Calochortus. There were only two, so I did not collect.

Other articles: California Highway 120 near Gaspipe Spr near Gaspipe Spr

Locations: Gaspipe Spring.
Full Size ImageGaspipe Spring  

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Gaspipe Spring
Stopped at Gaspipe Spring. Saw some damp spots but no water.

H. M. Hall collected Chamaebatiaria millefolium here in August 1922. Unless my Collection No. 482 is confirmed to be Chamaebatiaria millefolium, this collection will be the closest collection of the taxon to Mono Lake basin.

Locations: Parker Peak.
Full Size ImageLunch-time view near Big Sand Flat  

Had lunch in the shade on the road up to Sagehen Peak.

Full Size ImageOdd structure near Big Sand Flat  
 

Other articles: California Highway 120 in Big Sand Flat

Locations: Big Sand Flat.
Full Size ImageCollection location on the edge of Big Sand Flat  

Crossed Big Sand Flat and stopped on the south-facing slope to collect. Location: 11N 0332827 4193402, Latitude: 37.874525, Longitude: -118.90188.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 461, Lupinus duranii
Full Size ImageColl. No. 461, Lupinus duranii
Full Size ImageColl. No. 461, Lupinus duranii  
461  Lupinus duranii Eastw.

Full Size ImageVerbena flowers opening
Full Size ImageThis little bug was trying to get inside the Abronia turbinata flowers.
Full Size ImageCollection No. 462  
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Collection No. 462
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Coll. No. 462, Abronia turbinata
Abronia turbinata S. Watson. Transmontane Sand Verbena. Big Sand Flat, Mono County, California. Collected at the base of the slope on the northwest side of Big Sand Flat, the opposite side of the flat from California Highway 120, about 13 1/2 miles east of US Highway 395. Also collected at this site: Hulsea vestita, Lupinus duranii, Calyptridium umbellatum, and Mimulus nanus var. mephiticus.

Full Size ImageCollection Number 463, Calyptridium umbellatum  
463  Calyptridium umbellatum (Torr.) Greene.

Coll. No. 463, 29 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial tap-rooted; Infloresence (appearing) terminal; Fruit round, 4 mm x 3 mm wide; Seed 7 (+ 2 aborted), shiny black, reniform, dimpled surface.


Full Size ImageColl. No. 464, Hulsea vestita var. vestita  
464  Hulsea vestita var. vestita

Full Size ImageCollection Number 465  
465  Mimulus nanus Hook. & Arn. var. mephiticus (Greene) D. M. Thomps.

Other articles: Forest Road 1S19A on bench
Full Size ImageCollection locality northwest of Big Sand Flat  

Moved on up onto the ridge north of Big Sand Flat. Came to place that had burned, 11S 0333197 4194993

Full Size ImageCollection Number 466  
466  466 Phacelia, possibly P. bicolor.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 467, Mentzelia congesta
Full Size ImageColl. No. 467, Mentzelia congesta
Full Size ImageColl. No. 467, Mentzelia congesta  
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Coll. No. 467, Mentzelia congesta
Mentzelia congesta Torr. & A. Gray. United Blazing Star. Coll. No. 467, 1 Dec 2011, characters observed while keying: Floral bracts conspicuous, though not completely concealing the fruit as per the key, white to above the middle with green margin, toothed; Seeds in more than one row above the middle, rounded.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 468, Eriogonum spergulinum var. reddingianum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 468, Eriogonum spergulinum var. reddingianum  
468  Eriogonum spergulinum A. Gray var. reddingianum (M. E. Jones) J. T. Howell. Redding Buckwheat.

Full Size ImageCollection Number 469  
469  Eriogonum, not in bloom. Collection discarded, either E. baileyi or E. brachyanthum, but not mature enough to determine.

Full Size ImageFlower seen near Big Sand Flat.  
Not sure I collected this one.

 

   

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

 
  Today I started by looking for Simis (Sylvester) Ranch.
  I got off of US Hwy 395 at a turnout for the old highway, and followed it north for a way. Reached a place where it seemed necessary to turn into a driveway. Decided against it, because I don’t like to drive into someone’s front yard, and continued on to my next stop.

Other articles: Mill Creek Powerhouse Road 65000
Full Size ImageMill Creek Powerhouse  

This was the Mill Creek Power House. This is the point at which Mill Creek water is diverted into Wilson Ditch and Wilson Creek to water the meadows at Conway Ranch.

Other articles: Mill Creek Powerhouse Road 64000
Full Size ImageMono Diggins from the Mill Creek Power House  

  I found the diversion into Wilson Creek, but it doesn't look like water is flowing into the highest ditch.
  The maps show that Goat Ranch Cutoff Road does not cross the bed of Wilson Creek. However, there is an informal trail that looks quite passable. However, this is clearly just to vehicle tracks, not a maintained road.
  I did a drive-by of Conway Ranch. The windows of the main building have been boarded up, and there is a small trailer out back. No one was at the ranch at the time.

Other articles: Conway Ranch Road near Conway Ranch

Locations: Conway Ranch.
Full Size ImageConway Ranch  

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Conway Ranch
Returned to US Hwy 395, and turned north, to Mono Diggings.
  Turned off of US Hwy 395 onto a dirt road and followed this road into Rattlesnake Gulch.
  Stopped at the first spring. There was a young buck (male deer) hiding from me behind the willows.

Other articles: Rattlesnake Gulch Road 37000

Locations: Rattlesnake Gulch.
Full Size ImageMeadow at Mono Diggins.  

Rattlesnake Gulch 11S 0310913 4217523

Other articles: Glossary callus
Full Size ImageColl. No. 470, Poa pratensis ssp. pratensus
Full Size ImageColl. No. 470, Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis  

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Coll. No. 470, Poa pratensis ssp. pratensus
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Coll. No. 470, Poa pratensis ssp. pratensis
Poa pratensis L. subsp. pratensis. Kentucky Blue Grass.Coll. No. 470, 28 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial to 60 cm; Nodes Leaf not prow-tipped; Sheath open; Auricles 0; Ligules membraneous; Infloresence terminal, panicle; Compression not dorsal, maybe lateral; Disarticulation above the glumes; Callus long cobwebby hairs (distinctive!); Spikelets similar throughout plant, attached to 2-3° branches, 8-12 per node; Glumes lower 2 mm (slightly) < upper 1.7 mm, glabrous, < florets; Lemma glabrous, veins 3; Awns 0; Florets 2+ per spikelet (eliminates Agrostis); Anthers 3, purple; Stigma white.
  471  Potentilla gracilis Hook. var. fastigiata (Nutt.) S. Watson. Slender Cinquefoil. Coll. No. 471, 30 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial herbaceous; Stem ascending, hairs one length; Leaves palmately compound; Leaflets 7, 12-toothed ± half or less to mid-veins, hairs straight spreading (not shaggy or cottony hairy), top and bottom surfaces similarly hairy; Flowers in cymes; Sepals 5; Petals 5, yellow, equal to or slightly longer than sepals; Receptacle not enlarged; Stamens many (13 counted); Style jointed to fruit, 2 mm, slightly tapered; Achenes not fleshy.

Other articles: Glossary gynecandrous
Full Size ImageColl. No. 472, Carex athrostachya  

472  Carex athrostachya Olney. Slenderbeak Sedge.

Coll. No. 472, 29 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial to 5 dm; Bracts lowest bract well-exceeding the infloresence; Infloresence lateral spikelets sessile; Spikelets > 2 per culm, terminal spikelet has female flowers above male flowers (gynecandrous); Perianth without petal-like parts, subtended by a chaff-like bract; Perigynia thin at maturity, flat except where distended by achene; Anthers basifixed; Ovary 1, completely enveloped in a closed sac-like bract; Styles and Stigmas 2.


Full Size ImageColl. No. 473, Rosa woodsii var.ultramontana  
473  473 Rosa
  From Rattlesnake Gulch, I was thinking I wanted to continue east across to Bacon Gulch, and ultimately Sinnamon Cut.
  Turned left, across the creek (wet muddy area) and climbed the hill out of Rattlesnake Gulch. After crossing a couple of little gullies, I decided not to continue in this direction, as an old guy, alone, in a single vehicle, and so began to return to Rattlesnake Gulch.

Other articles: Bacon Gulch to Rattlesnake Gulch Road near Rattlesnake Gulch

Locations: Rattlesnake Gulch.
Full Size ImageEriogonum in bloom between Rattlesnake and Bacon Gulches.  

On the ridge between Rattlesnake Gulch and Bacon Gulch (11S 0311228 4217669, elev. 2306 m), there were many Eriogonum in bloom.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 474, Eriogonum umbellatum var. nevadense
Full Size ImageColl. No. 474, Eriogonum umbellatum var. nevadense  
474  Eriogonum umbellatum Torr. var. nevadense Gand. Sulphur-Flower Buckwheat.

Coll. No. 474, 29 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial shrub, erect; Leaves alternate, entire; Stipules 0; Involucre subtended by 3 bracts, bracts fused at base, lobes reflexed, not awn-tipped; Infloresence a simple umbel; Perianth base with an attenuated, stipe-like base; Tepals yellow, glabrous.


Full Size ImageColl. No. 475  
475  475 Purshia tridentata (Pursh) DC. var. tridentata

Other articles: Bacon Gulch to Rattlesnake Gulch Road near Rattlesnake Gulch

Locations: Rattlesnake Gulch.
Full Size ImageView of Rattlesnake Gulch  

From this location, I noticed there was a cabin in Rattlesnake Gulch, just a little above the location where I had already collected.
  Crossed the wet muddy area again, and turned north to the cabin.

Other articles: Rattlesnake Gulch Road 35000

Locations: Rattlesnake Gulch.
Full Size ImageAn old cabin at Mono Diggins  

The main cabin had two rooms, and the little cabin out back had only one room.
  Deciding to leave the area and head for my next stop, I began retracing my steps to Hwy 395, when I saw a very large bunch grass.
  Near Rattlesnake Gulch, between the gulch and US Hwy 395 11S 0310842 4217437 2268m

Full Size ImageCollection No. 476, Great Basin Wild Rye
Full Size ImageColl. No. 476, Elymus cinereus  
476  Elymus cinereus Scribn. & Merr. Great Basin Wild Rye.

Coll. No. 476, 28 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial to 13 dm; Nodes region ±pubescent (definitely not glabrous), Auricles 0; Ligules membraneous; Inflorescence spike-like, axes remaining together with age; Spikelets 2-7 per node; Florets most (9/10) female; Glumes 2, awl-like, lower 13 mm, upper 10 mm, narrow < 1 mm wide, sparse short hairy; Lemma 12 mm, acute, awn 0, sparse short hairy; Palea 11 mm, sparse short hairy; Anthers 6-7 mm, yellow.


Full Size ImageColl. No. 477, Stipa hymenoides
Full Size ImageColl. No. 477, Stipa hymenoides  
477  477 Oryzopsis
  Back on Hwy 395, I turned south, then east again on Conway Ranch Road.
  At the crossing of Rattlesnake Gulch, I noticed a very good road heading up Bacon Gulch in the direction of Sinnamon Gulch.
  I followed this road to its end at a cattle pond. From the cattle pond, there were several extensions, one continuing up Bacon Gulch and the other climbing toward Sinnamon Cut.
  I followed the Sinnamon Cut road for a short distance, and then parked just the the western end of Sinnamon Cut.

Locations: Sinnamon Cut.
Full Size ImageSinnamon Cut  

Walked up the road for a view of Sinnamon Cut.

Other articles: Conway Ranch Road east of Conway Rch

Locations: Conway Ranch.
Full Size ImageGeneral view towards Conway Ranch  

Returned to the car, drove back down to Conway Ranch Road and turned left (east).
  Joined Goat Ranch Cutoff Road. I stayed on Goat Ranch Cutoff Road to Bridgeport Canyon.

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Full Size ImageGoat Ranch from the west.  

While on Goat Ranch Cutoff Road, I remembered there was a station on this portion of the road, called “Hector Station.” I didn’t see anything, but neither did I have a map showing where to look.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Goat Ranch Cutoff Goat Ranch Cutoff at Coyote Sprs Rd
Full Size ImageLower end of Bridgeport Canyon  

Turned up Bridgeport Canyon. This was formerly the main road into Mono Lake basin from Bridgeport.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road in Bridgeport Cyn
Full Size ImageMudflow breccia in Bridgeport Canyon  

Nice outcrop of volcanic mudflow breccia.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr

Locations: Coyote Spring.
Full Size ImageCoyote Spring in Bridgeport Canyon  

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Coyote Spring in Bridgeport Canyon
Stopped at Coyote Spring (11S 0317303 4220993) to collect.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 478, Iris missourensis  

478  478 Iris missourensis

Literature Cited:
- Benedict, Nathan B., 1983.
- Detling LeRoy E., 1937.
- Klinka, K., Vladimir J. Krajina, A. Ceska, and A. M. Scagel, 1989.
- Sweeney, Patrick W. and Robert A. Price, 2000.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr Field Notes Coll. No. 853 Glossary silique  

479 
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Coll. No. 479, ?
479 Brassicaceae -- ????? -- See also my Coll. No. 853.

Coll. No. 479, 30 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Plant glabrous; Stems terete; Leaves mid-cauline sessile and auriculate, 4-5 cm x 15 mm wide pinnately lobed, 5 to 9 lobes; Petals yellow, obovate, 5 mm, 2+ mm wide; Stamens 6, all appearing equal in length, included; Style 0.5 mm; Fruit silique, linear, 14-24 mm x 1.5 mm wide, not stipitate, appressed to ascending, strongly flattened, compressed parallel to the replum (which appears mostly as a thin membrane), dehiscent by valves, valves 1-veined (some 2nd and 3nd anastomosing veins); Seeds many, brown scaly (?).

In TJM2 this keys straight to Barbarea and then most likely to B. orthoceras. In Taylor, it gets lost between Brassica and Hirschfeldia because of the yellow flowers. Hirschfeldia might be a good guess because the fruit is appressed to the stem, but the distal end of the fruit is much simpler than the usual photos of Hirschfeldia. If I allow the flowers to be white, then I can get into Cardamine in which C. breweri might be a good guess. However, looking at those three species at the herbarium, it's none of them.

It could be Sisymbrium officinale, but I need to verify that in the herbarium. This would be the first collection from Mono County.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 480, Lappula redowskii
Full Size ImageColl. No. 480, Lappula redowskii  

480  Lappula redowskii (Hornem.) Greene var. redowskii

Coll. No. 480, 27 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying; Annual, without milky juice; Petals blue; Nutlets not spreading (eliminates Pectocarya), margin a rim of barbed prickles, not fused at base and not al all crown-like.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 481, Eriastrum signatum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 481, Eriastrum signatum  

481  Eriastrum signatum D. Gowen. David's Spotted Wooly Star.

Eriastrum. I repeatedly key this out as E. filifolium, which I have been advised does not occur in the Mono Lake basin. I cannot get this to come out as E. wilcoxii.

Coll. No. 481, 27 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying in TJM2: Annual, not glandular; Corolla lobes blue, throat 4 mm, lobes 1 mm; Stamens attached at corolla sinus, equal (differentiates from E. wilcoxi), exserted < 1/2 corolla lobes; Anthers exserted.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 482, Achillea millefolium  

482  482 Achillea millefolium, also collected by others in Lee Vining Canyon, Simis Ranch, and South Fork of Mill Creek. Coll. No. 482, 30 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Perennial herbaceous; Leaves alternate, finely dissected, aromatic when fresh; Heads in flat-topped clusters; Phyllaries in 2+ series; Receptacle chaff scales among disk flowers; Chaff scales flat: Petals fused; Disk corollas white; Ovary inferior.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 483, Salix exigua Nutt.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 483, Salix exigua Nutt.  
483  Salix exigua Nutt., sometimes called Narrow-Leaved Willow, Sandbar Willow, or Coyote Willow.

Coll. No. 483, 27 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Shrub, clone-forming, with upright branches; Bud scale margins ??? (free imbricate vs. fused); Leaves < 7mm wide (obs: 5 mm), margins entire, pubescent below, with hairs appressed and parallel to axis; Style very short; Stigmas lobed.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 484, Salix boothii  

484  Salix boothii Dorn. Booth's Willow

… the other Salix at Coyote Spring, probably Salix laevigata.

Coll. No. 484, 27 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying; Shrub erect; unclear as to clonal vs. non-clonal; Bud scales clearly fused; Petiole glandless; Leaves entire, blade 40 mm by 12-15 mm wide, glands on margins, few hairs on both surfaces, variably more dense on top than on bottom; Catkin bracts dark (obs: black).

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road at Coyote Spr
Full Size ImageColl. No. 485, Sisyrinchium idahoense var. occidentale  

485  Sisyrinchium halophilum Greene. Nevada Blue-Eyed Grass.

27 Nov 2011: Sisyrinchium idahoense E. Bickn. Var. occidentale (E. Bickn.) D. Henderson.

It looks to me as though the translucent margins of the inner bracts are pretty uniform in width.

Coll. No. 485, 27 Nov 2011, characters observed while keying: Rhizome compact; Stem unbranched; Leaves ± basal; Inner Bracts, just slightly shorter than outer, translucent margin extends above the tip; Perianth blue.

Originally determined as S. idahoense because of uniform translucent margins on inner bract, per TJM1, TJDM, & Taylor (2010). However, in TJM2 determined as S. Halophilum because inner bract just slightly shorter than outer, rather than << outer.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road in Bridgeport Cyn
Full Size ImageUnnamed spring in Bridgeport Canyon  

Continued up the canyon, and stopped at another major spring that does not appear to have a name.

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Full Size ImageHorses in pass of Bridgeport Canyon  

Then came to the pass between Bridgeport Canyon and Mormon Meadow, 11S 0314163 4223450 elev. 2337 m. Here there was a little mat-forming Eriogonum.
  There were some folks camping in the pass with their horses.

Full Size ImageColl No. 486 Eriogonum caespitosum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 486, Eriogonum caespitosum
Full Size ImageColl. No. 486, Eriogonum caespitosum  
486  486 Eriogonum, probably E. caespitosum.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road near pass
Full Size ImageView across Mono Basin to Cowtrack Mountain  

The view southeast across Mono Lake basin was a little difficult due to haze and the mid-morning angle of the sun.

Other articles: Coyote Springs Road above unnamed spring
Full Size ImageMeadow in upper Bridgeport Canyon  

Returned back down Bridgeport Canyon into Mono Lake basin.

Other articles: Cottonwood Canyon Road at Goat Ranch 34811

Locations: Goat Ranch.
Full Size ImageCabin at Goat Ranch  

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Goat Ranch
Went past Goat Ranch, well-signed for No Trespassing.

Other articles: Cottonwood Canyon Road in Cottonwood Canyon

Locations: Cottonwood Canyon.
Full Size ImageMiddle Cottonwood Canyon on the road to Bodie  

Started up Cottonwood Canyon, in the direction of Bodie. There are no Cottonwoods in this portion of the canyon.

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Locations: Cottonwood Canyon.
Full Size ImageMain channel of Cottonwood Canyon diverges from road  

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Locations: Cottonwood Canyon.
Full Size ImageThe road climbing out of Cottonwood Canyon  

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Full Size ImageBodie from the South  

The pass separates Mono Lake basin from the Rough Creek and therefore East Walker basin.

Other articles: Cottonwood Canyon Road near Bodie Mono Lake Basin Flora Bodie

Locations: Bodie.
Full Size ImageBodie  

Other articles: California Highway 270 at pass
Full Size ImageMount Biedeman from pass west of Bodie  

Did not go into Bodie, and instead turned west again over a low pass, re-entering the Mono Lake basin.

Other articles: California Highway 270 along CA Hwy 270
Full Size ImageUpper Cottonwood Canyon from CA Highway 270  

Saw some cottonwoods in the upper portion of Cottonwood Canyon.

Other articles: California Highway 270 Murphy Spring

Locations: Murphy Spring.
Full Size ImageMurphy Spring … Full O' Cows  

Murphy Spring was full of cows. Not much botanizing to do here.

Locations: Bodie Hills. Mount Biedeman.
Full Size ImageMount Biedeman from the north side.  

Turned off Highway 270 into a small valley north of Mount Biedeman.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 686
Full Size ImageHabitat of Collection No. 487, Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii
Full Size ImageCollection No. 487, Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii  

487 
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Coll. No. 487, Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii
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Coll. No. 487, Lupinus lepidus var. lobbii
Lupinus lepidus Douglas ex Lindl. var. lobbii (S. Watson) C. L. Hitchc. Lupine, Mat-forming, inflorescence is down inside the leaves. North of Mt Biedeman, 11S 031593 4226 483 elev. 2443 m.

The mat-forming lupines are L. breweri, L. lepidus, and L. padre-crowleyi. Only L. ledpidus var. lobbii and var. utahensis have the infl < lvs.

Determined 25 July 2010, see also my collection no. 686.

  Returned to the highway and turned west. The highway leaves the Mono Lake basin and enters the East Walker River watershed by way of Clearwater Creek.

Other articles: California Highway 270 13010 13020
Full Size ImageUpper end of Mormon Meadow
Full Size ImageUpper end of Mormon Meadow  

Mormon Meadow, upper end.

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Wedertz, Frank S., 1978.

Other articles: California Highway 270 at Mormon Mdw

Locations: Mormon Meadow.  

Mormon Meadow

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Mormon Meadow

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Full Size ImageMormon Meadow looking northeast from the lower end.  

Mormon Meadow, lower end.

Other articles: California Highway 270 at Coyote Springs Road Coyote Springs Road at CA Hwy 270 near pass

Locations: Bridgeport Canyon.
Full Size ImageThe road ahead … looking into the Walker River watershed.  

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Coyote Springs Road at CA Hwy 270 in Mormon Meadow
Drove to top of Bridgeport Canyon. This side is much shorter and not very interesting.
  Returned to California Highway 270, and continued west and downhill.

Other articles: California Highway 270 at Cinnabar Cyn

Locations: Cinnabar Canyon.
Full Size ImageEntrance to Cinnabar Canyon  

Drove up Cinnabar Canyon, but did not try the 4WD road to Big Alkali.

Full Size ImageView from quarry in Cinnabar Canyon  
Stopped at the pit. Seemed to be an ash quarry, or perhaps a diatomaceous earth quarry.
  Drove to US Hwy 395 at the end of CA Hwy 270, and turned south.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Dog Town
Full Size ImageView north on US Hwy 395 from Dog Town  

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Locations: Dog Town.
Full Size ImageScenic Highway plaque at Dog Town  

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Dog Town Plaque
Stopped at Dogtown to read the signs. There were fishermen below, fishing among the dredger tailings.

Edge of a Dream

Under favorable circumstances it snows at least once every single month of the year in the little town of Mono. So uncertain is the climate in summer that a lady that goes out visiting cannot hope to be prepared for all emergencies unless she takes her fan under one arm and her snowshoes under the other.

  • -- Mark Twain

    Visions of "streets paved with gold" lured many fortune hunters to the Sierra Nevada durinf the mid to late 1800s. Thousands of gold seekers roamed the hills braving the elements. Life was challenging. Bitter winter winds dropped temperatures well below zero and snowfall was often several feet deep. "Homes" with little of no insulation neither kept the wind out, nor the warmth in. Shortages of provisions, difficult travel conditions, illness, and isolation were some of the many challenges faced by these hardy prospectors and pioneers. Most of the men and women were financially unsuccessful -- a lucky few actually realized their dreams.

    Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway

  • Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Dog Town
    Full Size ImageDog Town  

    Dog Town
  • 1857

    Site of the first major gold rush to California's eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada. Dog Town derived its name from a popular miner's term for camps with huts or hovels. Ruins lying close to the cliff bordering Dog Town Creek are all that remain of the makeshift dwellings which here formed part of the "Diggins."

    California Registered Historical Landmark No. 792

    Plaque placed by the California State Park COmission in cooperation with the Mono COunty Department of Parks and Recreation and the Mono County Hostorical Society, September 11, 1966.

  • Other articles: U. S. Highway 395 near Dog Town
    Full Size ImageScenic Highway plaque at Dog Town  

    Boom and Bust

    "Here today, gone tomorrow" describes many early mining towns -- Dogtown was no exception. Miners rushed to the eastern Sierra when gold was discovered in the waters of Dog Creek in the 1850s. The largest nugget ever found in the eastern slope was said to have come from here. Despite the hopeful start, these gold deposits were not very extensive and with a couple of years "placer excitement" shofted to Monoville, a new strike just a few miles south of here.

    Many hopeful parties have tried to make a go of the remaining placer deposits. In the late 1860s and early 1870s, Chinese families oppupied stone huts, planted gardens, and lived off what little gold they could find. As late as the early 1900s, an unproductive dredging operation was in place.

    Though never very profitable, Dogtown was significant as the first placer settlement on the eastner slope of the Sierra, bringing attention to more profitable areas such as Bodie, Aurora, Masonic, and Virginia City. In some areas, mining continues today, adding to the wealth of gold and silver already found in these lonely hills.

    Eastern Sierra Scenic Byway

    Other articles: Lundy Lake Road at Lundy Lake Dam at Lundy Lake
    Full Size ImageLundy Lake Dam
    Full Size ImageLundy Lake  

    Drove up Lundy Canyon to Lundy, stopping to take a photo of the Lundy Lake Dam, and Lundy Lake.

    Other articles: Lundy Lake Road Lundy

    Locations: Lundy.
    Full Size ImageLundy Lake Resort at Lundy  

     

    Other articles: Lundy Lake Road in Lundy
    Full Size ImagePlaque at Lundy  

    There is a plaque for Lundy which indicates most of the town burned in 1896, ten years before Miss Maud Minthorn collected there.

    Lundy

    Home of the May Lundy Mine. Site of W. J. Lundy sawmill supplying lumber to Bodie in 1878. Organized as the Homer Mining District in 1879 by Wasson, Nye, and Homer. Plagued by snowslides and partially destroyed by fire in 1886. Lundy's page of Mono County's history reads wild, rugged and raw, but her gold was rich and yellow.

    Dedicated June 10, 1967.

  • Bodie Chapter of E Clampus Vitus
  • Mono County Board of Supervisors
  •   Stopped for a little while in Lundy Canyon to review some notes and have a snack.
      Started to return to Lee Vining, but decided instead to pass through town, and check out Test Station Road south of town.
      Crossed over Rush Creek.
      Found a little 4WD track that went along the southeast side of Rush Creek.

    Other articles: Test Station Road at former rd Mono Lake Basin Flora Rush Creek

    Locations: Cowtrack Mountain. Rush Creek delta.
    Full Size ImageRush Creek enters Mono Lake  

    Full Size Image
    Cowtrack Mountain as seen from Rush Creek delta.
    Near the lake, parked and walked out on the delta of Rush Creek The afternoon sun lighted up the west face of Cowtrack Mountain.
      Returned to town, washed face, and then went to dinner at the Mobil Gas Station. Today I ordered the BBQ Chicken Sandwich and potato salad. This also was enough food for two people. Ate a little more than half while talking to people at the next table.

     

       

    Wednesday, June 27, 2007

     
      Up this morning at the crack of dawn.

    Other articles: California Highway 120 in lower Lee Vining Cyn
    Full Size ImageLee Vining Canyon in the early morning.  

    Drove up Lee Vining Canyon in the strong early morning light of another pretty day.

    Locations: Harvey Monroe Hall Natural Area.
    Full Size ImageHarvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area  

    From the Sawmill Campground trailhead, I walked into the Harvey Monroe Hall Research Natural Area. On the edge of this RNA was Timberline Station of the Carnegie Institution.

    Locations: Lee Vining Canyon (Upper).
    Full Size ImageUpper Lee Vining Creek  

    The crossing of the old road and Lee Vining Creek must be fairly near the locality used by Scott D. White in August 1997.
      The boundary of the RNA is signed, and no camping is permitted inside. I presume this is also the area known as Slate Creek Basin or Slate Creek Valley.
      The cabin and work shed still stands at the research station still stands. It doesn’t look like anyone is currently doing research here.
      The former garden can be found.

    Locations: Slate Creek.
    Full Size ImageSlate Creek  

    Presumably, this is Slate Creek.
      From a little farther up the Saddlebag Lake Road, there was a good view of the Slate Creek Basin.
      Saddlebag Lake seemed to be very low, compared to how it has looked in previous years.

     

       

    Wednesday, August 1, 2007

     
      Pothole Dome

    Other articles: California Highway 120 near Pothole Dome

    Locations: Pothole Dome.
    Full Size ImageThe closest thing to a pothole that I saw on Pothole Dome  

    I climbed up on Pothole Dome. My primary purpose in doing this was to see what was up there, and to cross it off my list. There were nice views of Tuolumne Meadows, but I didn't find a pothole that I though was worthy of the name Pothole Dome.

    Other articles: California Highway 120 near Lembert Dome

    Locations: Lembert Dome.
    Full Size ImageLembert Dome from Pothole Dome.  

    There was a dramatic view to the east of Lembert Dome in the sun, with a cloudy, rainy Mount Dana in the background.

    Other articles: California Highway 120 west end of Tuolumne Meadows

    Locations: Tuolumne Meadows.
    Full Size ImageTuolumne Meadows from Pothole Dome.  

    Other articles: California Highway 120 at Nunatak Nature Trail Glossary nunatak
    Full Size ImageNunatak Nature Trail  

    Nunatak Nature Trail

    A nunatak is an isolated knob or peak of bedrock that projects prominently above the surface of a glacier and is surrounded by glacier ice. The word is derived from the Eskimo for "lonely peak."


    Full Size ImagePaoha Island on a rainy Summer afternoon.  
    At the Vista Point I was treated to a nice view of Paoha Island and the Mono Craters with the sun shining through the rain clouds.

    Other articles: Southwest Shore Road at road to Old Marina Mono Lake Basin Flora lakeside at Old Marina

    Locations: Old Marina.
    Full Size ImageOld Marina at Mono Lake  

    Drove to the Old Marina, latitude: 37.0980593°, longitude: -119.108357°, UTM: 11S 314889 4205525 1950 m. This location is annotated as "boat ramp" on some editions of the Lee Vining USGS 7.5" quadrangle.

    Locations: Old Marina.
    Full Size ImageShoreline at Old Marina  

    This is the appearance of the shoreline at the Old Marina, phot taken from the boat dock.

    Full Size ImageDried collection of Alkali Muhley, my collection no. 490.  
    490  Muhlenbergia asperifolia, on the shore of Mono Lake.
      491  Carex, on shore of Mono Lake.

    Amphiscirpus nevadensis (S. Watson) Oteng-Yeb. Nevada Bulrush.

    Coll. No. 491, 10 Apr 2012, characters observed while keying: Herb terrestrial though growing on shore of Mono Lake; Stem leafless, to 30-40 cm; Leaves basal, veination parallel; Ligule definitely not ciliate (possibly glabrous, which would lead one toward Schoenoplectus); Infloresence bract 2-3 cm; Infloresence 1-6 spikelets; Spikelets 10-20 mm, not flat; Flowers spiraled (not 2-ranked); Floral bract 1, 4-5 mm, shiny, 1 prominent vein (many obscure veins), tip acute (not notched); Flowers bisexual; Perianth 0; Perigynum 0; Pistils 1 per flower; Stigma 2; Stamens 3; Fruit an achene, not enclosed in perigynum, 2 sided, papillate, not ribbed, face next to spikelet axis.

      Collection 492 turned out to be a mixed collection of Eriogonum brachyanthum, with one individual of E. deflexum var. nevadense.

    Other articles: Field Notes 2-Aug-07 2-Aug-07
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 492.1
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 492.1  

    492.1  Eriogonum brachyanthum Coville. Short-Flower Buckwheat.

    Coll. No. 492.1, 10 Apr 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual; Stem glabrous above the basal rosette; Leaves basal, blade rounded, tomentose; Involucres 2 mm (long for E. brachyanthum), ribbed, not at tips of slender branchlets (at nodes along slender branches); Flowers (very) sparsely glandular.

    This collection has larger involucres and flowers than my collections 509 and 519. Both of them were made on the west side of Pumice Valley, and away from Mono Lake. The involucres are 2 mm, slightly too large for E. brachyanthum, but still only 2/3 of the minimum size for E. davidsonii. Also, I don't see any of the reddish color I see in E. davidsonii.


    Full Size ImageCollection No. 492.2, Eriogonum deflexum var. nevadense
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 492.2, Eriogonum deflexum var. nevadense  
    492.2  Eriogonum deflexum var. nevadense

    Coll. No. 492.2, 29 March 2012, characters observed while keying: Annual; Stem glabrous, not inflated; Leaves ±basal, definitely not more than half-way up main stem; Blades tomentose; Involucre 1 mm, smooth (not ribbed), with reflexed peduncles 1-3 mm.; Infloresence not of many horizontal tiers, glabrous, (not widely) bell-shaped, Flowers white to pink; Perianth lobe outer lobe bases truncate (not cordate).

    Distinguished from var. deflexum because the perianth lobe bases are truncate rather than cordate.

    Other articles: Old Marina Road at Old Marina
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 493, Bassia hyssopifolia
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 493, Bassia hyssopifolia  

    493  Unidentified, Chenopodiaceae??? Will have to look for this plant next time I'm out collecting and hope I can find it in flower.

    Bassia hyssopifolia (Pall.) Kuntze. Bassia.

    Old Marina, Mono County, California. On the western shore of Mono Lake, 2 km northeast of the U. S. Forest Service Visitor Center. 37.9806°N, 119.1084°W. WGS 1984. Elev. 1950 m.

    Coll. No. 493, 12 Apr 2012, characters observed: Annual, to 25 cm., hairs simple; Stem single erect, or branched at base 90° and ascending, not jointed or fleshy, nodes without spines, hairy; Leaves alternate, well-developed, without stipules, well-developed, 7 mm., lanceolate, entire, weakly fleshy, veins obscure, hairs appressed, proximal narrowed at base, distal not clasping, hairs appressed; Inflorescence in axillary clusters; Flowers with calyx, bisexual, no tubercules, hooks, or appendages visible; Calyx, lobes 5, hairy1, not bristly or spine-tipped, little red things among hairs that could be developing tuberucles or hooks1; Petals 0; Styles, 2; Stamens 5; Fruit, unknown, not developed; Seed, unknown, not developed;


    Full Size ImageCollection No. 494, Castilleja minor minor
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 494, Castilleja minor minor  
    494  Castilleja minor ssp. minor

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 495, Solidago spectabilis  
    495  Solidago spectabilis
      Notes show Sarcobatus was seen here.
      Drove south across Lee Vining Creek to South Tufa

    Other articles: Test Station Road at Rush Creek

    Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageRush Creek on upstream side of Test Station Road.  

    The arroyo of Rush Creek above Test Station Road is fairly narrow.

    Other articles: Test Station Road at Rush Creek

    Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageRush Creek on downstream side of Test Station Road.  

    The arroyo width downstream is a little more wide.
      Took the tour,

    Locations: South Tufa Area.
    Full Size ImageDemonstration of tufa precipitation at South Tufa  

    Tufa demonstration

    Other articles: Test Station Road near South Tufa

    Locations: South Tufa Area.
    Full Size ImageTufa towers in late afternoon sun.  

    Tufa in afternoon sunlight

    Locations: Mono Craters.
    Full Size ImageMono Craters from South Tufa, late afternoon sun  

    Mono Craters in afternoon sunlight

    Other articles: Test Station Road at historical plaque

    Locations: Navy Beach.
    Full Size ImageHistorical Plaque for Navy Beach  

    Stopped by the historical plaque for Navy Beach.

     

       

    Thursday, August 2, 2007

     
      Drove south,

    Other articles: Oil Plant Road near Farrington's

    Locations: Farrington Ranch.
    Full Size ImageLocation of Farrington Ranch.  

    Farrington Ranch

    Other articles: Oil Plant Road along Oil Plant Road

    Locations: Reversed Peak.
    Full Size ImageReversed Peak, and San Joaquin Mountain, from near Farrington's.  

    This location also afforded a view of Reversed Peak and San Joaquin Mountain in the distance.

    Locations: Bohler Canyon.  

    Drove up Bohler Canyon

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality in Bohler Cyn
    Full Size ImageMy collecting locality in Bohler Canyon
    Full Size ImagePumice Valley as seen from Bohler Canyon  

    Stopped beside small creek: 11S 0312946 4196747 2197 m (37.900933, -119.127283)

    Full Size ImageStephanomeria exigua ssp. exigua, Coll. No. 496
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 496, Stephanomeria exigua ssp. exigua
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 496, Stephanomeria exigua ssp. exigua  
    496  Stephanomeria exigua ssp. exigua in open places with sand and gravel with Artemisia tridentata.

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 497, Juncus macrandus beside Bohler Creek
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 497, Juncus macrandus  

    497  Juncus macrandrus Coville. Long-Anther Rush.

    Bohler Canyon, Mono County, California. Along the dirt road on the south side of Bohler Canyon, 1.8 mi (3.0 km) by air west of US Highway 395. 37.9011°N, 119.1274°W. WGS 1984.

    Coll. No. 497, 12 Apr 2012, characters observed: Perennial, to 65 cm., terrestrial plant of wet places; Stems >1; Leaves basal and cauline, ligule 0, iris-like, flat, oriented with edge toward stem; Inflorescence spikes in head-like clusters, > 5, appearing terminal, not flat, bracts flat; Spikelets spirally arranged (not clearly 2-ranked); Spikelet has one bristle, two bractlets, four sepals; Perianth bristles 3.5mm Bracts 3-4 mm, not distinctly outcurved; Stamens 6, filaments 0.8 mm. + anthers 1.8 mm. = 2.6 mm.; Anthers > filaments; Fruit 2 mm x 1 mm wide, 3-sided, abruptly narrowed to beak, < perianth; Style 1 mm.; Seeds 5-8(+?).

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality
    Full Size ImageSymphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatum, Coll. No. 498
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 498, Symphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatum  

    498 
    Full Size Image
    Collection No. 498, Symphyotrichum spathulatum var. spathulatum
    Symphyotrichum spathulatum (Lindl.) G. L. Nesom var. spathulatum. Western Mountain Aster.

    Bohler Canyon, Mono County, California. Along the dirt road on the south side of Bohler Canyon, 1.8 mi (3.0 km) by air west of US Highway 395. 37.9011°N, 119.1274°W. WGS 1984.

    Coll. No. 498, 2 Aug 2007, characters observed: Perennial herb, to 40 cm.; Stem, becoming hairy distally, but never strigose; Leaves, basal and cauline, alternate, reduced above, lower leaf petiole 80 mm. + blade 70 mm. × 6 mm. wide, length 11.5 × width, lanceolate, glabrous, margins minutely dentate; Inflorescence, 3-13 heads (3,4,8,13 observed); Heads, flowers of two kinds; Peduncles, hairy, eglandular; Phyllaries in 2+ series, slightly overlapping, unequal, inner > outer, outer tip obtuse, ±herbaceous, margins scarious; Receptacles epaleate; Pappus of bristles, single series, #25-30, cylindric, short plumose; Rays, conspicuous, 13 mm., much exceeding disc flowers, lavender; Disc flower, style present.


    Full Size ImageCollection No. 499, Cicuta maculata var. angustifolia
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 499, Cicuta maculata var. angustifolia
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 499, Cicuta maculata var. angustifolia  
    499  Cicuta maculata L. var. angustifolia Hook. Spotted Water Hemlock.

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 500, Castilleja miniata
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 500, Castilleja miniata  
    500  Castilleja miniata Hook. Giant Red Indian Paintbrush.

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 501
    Full Size ImageSo, are there short awns? And what's with the truncate(?) glumes?
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 501, Phleum pratense L. Timothy.  
    501  Well, this is embarassing. When I collected it, I was sure this was Alopecurus aequalis Sobol. Short-Awn Foxtail. However it has no awns. So now (September 2011), I think it is:

    Phleum pratense L. Cultivated Timothy. Native to Eurasia and widely cultivated for forage, hay, etc.

    It would seem to me that the truncate glumes would be a weird enough character to use in a key.


    Full Size ImageColl. No. 502, Prunus andersonii  
    502  Prunus andersonii with fruit.

    Full Size ImageAchillea millefolium, Collection No. 503
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 503, Achillea millefolium  
    503  Achillea millifolia

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 505
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 504, Erythranthe guttata  
    504  Mimulus guttatus

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 505, Gaytophytum diffusum var. parviflorum  
    505  Gaytophytum diffusum var. parviflorum

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 506, probably Cardamine breweri  

    506  Cardamine breweri S. Watson. Brewer's Bittercress.

    Bohler Canyon, Mono County, California. Wet meadow along the dirt road on the south side of Bohler Canyon, 1.8 mi (3.0 km) by air west of US Highway 395. 37.9011°N, 119.1275°W. WGS 1984. Sterile collection. Same as my collection #875.


    Full Size ImageCollection No. 507, Trifolium wormskioldii  
    507  Trifolium wormskioldii Lehm. Cows Clover.

    Bohler Canyon, Mono County, California. Wet meadow along the dirt road on the south side of Bohler Canyon, 1.8 mi (3.0 km) by air west of US Highway 395. 37.9011°N, 119.1275°W. WGS 1984.

    Coll. No. 507, 2 Aug 2007, characters observed: Herbaceous perennial, to 40 cm.; Roots and rhizomes unknown; Stem ascending; Leaves, petiole to 40 mm., palmately compound; Leaflets 3, not gland dotted, toothed-serrate as extensions of veins, tip acute; Involucre, conspicuous, when pressed hiding only bases of flowers, fused 2 mm. + free 3.5 mm., tip acute, Calyx not inflated in fruit; Sepals fused ≥½, tube = lobes, glabrous; Flower bilateral, 12 mm.; Corolla not inflated in fruit.

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 508, Carex nebrascensis  

    508  Carex nebrascensis Dewey. Nebraska Sedge.

    Bohler Canyon, Mono County, California. Wet meadow along the dirt road on the south side of Bohler Canyon, 1.8 mi (3.0 km) by air west of US Highway 395. 37.9011°N, 119.1274°W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2197 m.

    Coll. No. 508, 2 Aug 2007, characters observed: Perennial, herbaceous, to 50 cm., glabrous throughout; Inflorescence, ≥2 spikelets, lowest bract sheathless (Sect. Phacocystis per Taylor, 2010), pistillate and staminate flowers on same stem, terminal spikelet staminate (Group 8 per TJM2); Spikelets, 2 or more on each culm, lateral spikelets pedunculate, 30 mm. × 5 mm. wide, length 6× width; Perigynum, body 1.8 mm. + beak 0.3 mm. = 2.1 mm., walls tough, faces veined, but beak not as clearly notched as illustrated in TJM2, teeth minutely hairy; Stigmas 2.

    Other articles: Field Notes Coll No. 492.1 2-Aug-07
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 509, Eriogonum brachyanthum
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 509, Eriogonum brachyanthum  

    509  Eriogonum brachyanthum, annual with very small sessile involucres, glabrous stems and tepals.

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at s. Bohler Cyn Rd

    Locations: Bohler Canyon.
    Full Size ImageSecond collecting locality in Bohler Canyon.  

    A little further up the creek, still no paddle. 11S 0312836 4196767 2201 m, 37.900939,-119.129777

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at stream crossing
    Full Size ImageLooking up Bohler Canyon  

     

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 510, Arnica chamissonis  

    510  Asteraceae, in grasses and sedges at creek side.

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 511, Epilobium ciliatum var. ciliatum  
    511  Epilobium ciliatum var. ciliatum

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 512, Verbascum thapsus  
    512  Verbascum thapsus

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 513, Ericameria nauseosa var. hololeuca
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 513, Ericameria nauseosa var. hololeuca  
    513  Ericameria nauseosa var. hololeuca

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality

    Letters: Thursday, April 10, 2014.
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 514, Agrostis stolonifera  

    514  Agrostis stolonifera L. -- ?

    Other articles: Forest Road 01N106A at collecting locality
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 515, Juncus mexicanus  

    515  Juncus mexicanus Willd. Mexican Rush.

    Bohler Canyon, Mono County, California. Creekside in a wet meadow along the creek in Bohler Canyon, about 2.0 mi (3.1 km) by air west of US Highway 395. 37.9009°N, 119.1298°W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2201 m.

    Coll. No. 515, 2 Aug 2007, characters observed: Perennial, from long robust creeping rhizomes, terrestrial plant of wet places, to 50 cm.; Stem and leaves not differentiated, upper stem twisted; Inflorescence, bract, 7 cm., cylindric; Perianth appearing to be a single whorl, scale-like, 5 mm.; Flowers, bisexual; Stamens 6, some sometimes smaller or abortive(?); Pistil 1; Stigmas 3; Fruit, capsule, 3-angled; Seeds, 40-50.

    Other articles: Farrington Siphon near Walker Ck at Walker Ck

    Locations: Walker Creek (Lower).
    Full Size ImageAqueduct Intake at Walker Creek  

    Full Size Image
    Walker Creek at the Lee Vining conduit
    Walker Creek at aqueduct, 11S 0313445 4196674 2173 m.

    The sign down by the creek says:

    Fishing Notice

    Walker Creek from the Lee Vining conduit to Rush Creek

    Open Season and Special Regulation

    • Last Saturday in April through November 15.
    • Only artificial lures with barbless hooks may be used.
    • Zero limit - NO fish may be taken!
    • All trout must be returned to the water alive!
  • Section 7.50(b)(204.5)
  • Title - 14 CCR
  • State of California
  • Resources Agency
  • Department of Fish and Game

  • Full Size ImageCollection No. 516, Nicotiana attenuata  
    516  Nicotiana attenuata, only one seen, nearly finished blooming.
      517  Oenothera elata ssp. hirsutissima, large, mostly finished blooming.

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 518, Erigeron canadensis  
    518  Erigeron canadensis (L.) Cronquist. Canadian Horseweed.

    Walker Creek (Lower), Mono County, California. Lower Walker Creek at the transition from Bloody Canyon to Pumice Valley, just below the aqueduct and Forest Road 01N17 “Farrington Siphon,” on the north side of Walker Creek. 37.895°N, 119.1226°W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2173 m. Also collected here: Eriogonum brachyanthum, and Nicotiana attenuata.

    Coll. No. 518, 2 Aug 2007, characters observed while keying: Annual, to 70 cm.; Leaves, alternate, lanceolate, to 60 mm. × 6 mm.; Inflorescence, panicle-like; Heads, many, inconspicuously radiate (i.e., two kinds of flowers, some flowers strap-shaped, but not obvious unless examined closely); Phyllaries, weakly graduated, with 1 central vein turning red-brown when dry; Receptacle epaleate; Flowers, rays: 0.7 mm. (measured from opening of tube to tip of lobe[s]), pistillate, white, disc: yellow, 4-lobed; Pappus, well-developed bristles.

    Other articles: Field Notes Coll No. 492.1 2-Aug-07
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 519, Eriogonum brachyanthum  

    519  Eriogonum brachyanthum

    Other articles: Forest Road 01S23 at end

    Locations: Walker Lake.
    Full Size ImageWalker Lake from the Mono Pass trailhead  

      Lower Parker Creek in shaded rose thicket alongside creek: 11S 0313240 4193657 2198 m, above aqueduct and below locked gate.

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 520, Ruscaceae Maianthemum stellatum  
    520  Maianthemum stellatum (L.) Link. (Syn: Smilacina stellata (L.) Desf. ) Starry False Lily of the Valley.

    Other articles: Forest Road 01S24 at pkg
    Full Size ImageColl. No. 521, Scirpus microcarpus  

    521  Scirpus microcarpus J. Presl & C. Presl. Panicled Rush.

    Parker Creek, Mono County, California. Lower Parker Creek, 0.3 mi (0.5 km) above the aqueduct and below the locked gate, in rose thicket alongside creek. 37.8728°N, 119.1242°W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2198 m.

    Coll. No. 521, 2 Aug 2007, characters observed: Perennial, to 60 cm.; Leaves, cauline present; Inflorescence, terminal; Spikelets, ±30 flowers, not flat, in head-like clusters; Bracts, spiraled? (not 2-ranked); Flower, bisexual, not enclosed in a sac-like structure; Perianth bristles curved around fruit.

    Other articles: Inyo National Forest Road 1S25A near end of road
    Full Size ImagePumice Valley from the Parker Lake Trailhead  

    Pumice Valley from the Parker Lake trailhead.

    Other articles: Parker Creek Road on Parker Lk Rd
    Full Size ImageValley of Parker Creek with Mount Gibbs  

    The valley in the foreground is the Parker Creek drainage. The long low ridge in the right middleground is the glacial moraine on the south side of Bloody Canyon, and the mountain in the background is Mount Gibbs.

    Other articles: Parker Creek Road 2-Aug-07 near Parker Ck

    Locations: Parker Creek.
    Full Size ImageWilliams Butte from Parker Lake Road  

    Photograph looks across Parker Creek (in the trees) to Williams Butte. The dead vegetation in the foreground lines an irrigation ditch, which appears to be unused. Negit Island can be seen in Mono Lake at right distance, about to receive a rain shower.

    Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageRush Creek just below Grant Lake Dam  

    Rush Creek below Grant Lake Dam: 11S 0314852 4193243 2157 m

    Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageRush Creek just below Grant Lake Dam  


    Full Size ImageCollection No. 522, Nicotiana attenuata  
    522  Nicotiana attenuata

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 523, Ranunculus aquatilis var. diffusus  
    523  Ranunculus aquatilis L. var. capillaceus (Thuill.) DC., water plant.

    Ranunculus aquatilis L. var. diffusus With. Threadleaf Crowfoot.

    Rush Creek, Mono County, California. Rush Creek below the Grant Lake dam, where the Rush Creek return ditch joins the former course of Rush Creek. 37.8698°N, 119.1056°W. WGS 1984. Elev. 2157 m.

    Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 688
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 524, Potentilla biennis
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 524, Potentilla biennis  

    524  Potentilla biennis Greene. Biennial Cinquefoil. Very distinctive flowers, reduced petals in a cup.

    Not recognized until I collected this same plant near Murphy Spring in the Bodie Hills.

    Locations: Grant Lake.
    Full Size ImageGrant Lake from dam.  

    Discovered that a road crosses the Grant Lake dam on the way to the Rush Creek return ditch.

    Other articles: Inyo Forest Road 1S29 at gatehouse

    Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageRush Creek at the return ditch  

    Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageScientific study on Rush Creek  

    Saw this sign along the Rush Creek return ditch:

    RUSH CREEK FISHERIES STUDY
    We are conducting a radio tagging - movement study of brown trout in Rush Creek to better understand seasonal movements and habitat preferences.
    Please do not disturb the antennas as these are critical to the success of our two-year long study. Thank you for your cooperation.
    For more information contact:
  • Ross Taylor at (707) 839-5022 or
  • Ken Knudson at (406) 442-5399.
  • Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageRush Creek return ditch  

    The Rush Creek returns water to Rush Creek from the aqueduct.

    Other articles: California Highway 120 at Grave of the Unknown Prospector U. S. Highway 395 at Grave of the Unknown Prospector
    Full Size ImageGrave of the Unknown Prospector  

    I stopped at the Grave of the Unknown Prospector to document this location. It seems to me, though, that before Caltrans rebuilt the intersection of US Highway 395 and California Highway 120, the memorial at this site was the Grave of the Unknown Fisherman.

    On to the Golden Hills
    RIP
    Grave of the Unknown Prospector
    On this site is the grave on the unknown prospector, a reminder of the great sacrifices made by our ancestors who explored and settled the western frontier. And especially to the memory of each and all of the pioneers of Mono County, whose resting place if known only to God.
  • May they rest in peace.
  • Dedicated September 13, 2003
  • Bodie Chapter E. C. V
  • Locations: Navy Beach.
    Full Size ImageSwimming at Navy Beach  

     

    Other articles: Glossary sand tufa

    Locations: Navy Beach.
    Full Size ImageSand tufa at Navy Beach.  

    Full Size Image
    Sand tufa at Navy Beach.

    Other articles: Test Station Road along shore of Mono Lake
    Full Size ImageSouth Tufa area from the Mono Lake shoreline  

    Beach north of Panum Crater: 11S 0320770 4201496 1956 m

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 525, Psathyrotes annua  
    525  Psathyrotes annua (Nutt.) A. Gray. Annual Psathyrotes, in sand on shore of Mono Lake.

    Other articles: Rush Creek Road near parking area near parking area

    Locations: Rush Creek.
    Full Size ImageLower Rush Creek  

    Full Size Image
    Lower Rush Creek

    Other articles: Rush Creek Road at ford  

    Road crossing of Rush Creek: 11S 0318724 4200941

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 526, Camissonia boothii ssp. boothii
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 526, Camissonia boothii ssp. boothii  
    526  Camissonia boothii ssp. boothii.

    Ambiguous as to subspecies, rosette present at fruit, hairs not strigose, maybe spreading (or tomentose), bracts leaf-like, conspicuous, petals white, open in daytime, fruit <1mm at base, perhaps slightly enlarged, but definitely tapering to the tip.

    Eremothera b. ssp. b in Taylor (2010).

       

     

       

    Friday, August 3, 2007

     

    Other articles: Mono Lake Basin Flora at Tioga Lodge

    Locations: Old Marina. Tioga Lodge.
    Full Size ImageTioga Lodge from the vicinity of the Old Marina  

    At the Mono Lake Marina

    Full Size ImageMentzelia laevicaulis at the Old Marina
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 527, Mentzelia laevicaulis  
    527  Mentzelia laevicaulis
      Waited for coffee
      Warren Canyon

    Other articles: Warren Canyon in Warren Cyn

    Locations: Warren Canyon.
    Full Size ImageDry meadow in Warren Canyon  

     
      Walked up the canyon

    Other articles: Warren Canyon at lower edge of meadow

    Locations: Warren Canyon.
    Full Size ImageMeadow in mid-Warren Canyon  

    View of the meadow

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 528, Erythranthe primuloides  
    528  Mimulus primuloides, little monkey flower.

    Other articles: Warren Canyon above the meadow
    Full Size ImageMeadow in mid-Warren Canyon  

     

    Full Size ImageColl. No. 529, Gentianopsis holopetala
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 529, Gentianopsis holopetala
    Full Size ImageCollection No. 529, Gentianopsis holopetala  
    529  Gentianopsis holopetala

    Full Size ImageFairy garden of bryophytes, rushes, willows and gentians.  
     
      returned to lower meadow

    Full Size ImageCollection No. 530, Gentianopsis holopetala  
    530  Gentianopsis holopetala
      Drove home

     

     

    Literature Cited:
    - McVaugh, Rogers and Thomas H. Kearney, 1943.  

    Palmer's Arizona Collections

    Reviewed McVaugh's article on the whereabouts of Edward Palmer in 1869, 1877, and 1878. The article has only one oblique reference to Palmer's whereabouts in 1870, in the following footnote, "… and there is some confusion with Palmer's trip of the following year, 1870, when he was again on the Colorado River and at Yuma in August …"

    Literature Cited:
    - McVaugh, Rogers and Thomas H. Kearney, 1943.

    Locations: Littlefield. Mokiak Pass. Mount Trumbull. Saint George.  

    As to Palmer's travels in 1877, McVaugh's acticle lists the following:

    From January until late in June, Palmer made his headquarters at Saint George, Utah, during this time traveling out to point of interest in nearby Utah, Arizona, and Nevada.

    April ?13-25. Trip from St. George to St. Thomas, Nevada, and return, passing through the corner of Arizona both coming and going. Collections were made at Beaver Dam (now Littlefield), on the Virgin River. According to Safford, Palmer also made collections at a place called Mesquite Flat, 12 miles from Beaver Dam.

    April 27-May 4. Trip from St. George to Mokiak Pass and the Juniper Mountains (or Cedar Ridges), Arizona. None of these places appears on any map at my disposal, but in a letter to Engelmann (May 5, 1877) Palmer says he has just returned from "the broaken mountains 75 miles E. of S. from St. George and not far from the Colorado River." Professor Walter P. Cottam of the University of Utah kindly informs me that Mokiak Pass lies on the road to Wolf Hole, about 40 miles south of St. George, and that the term "Juniper Mountains: in this case probably refers to the wooded ridges along Mokiak Canyon.

    May ?29-June 4. Second trip to Mokiak Pass and the Juniper Mountains.

    June ?7-15. Trip from St. George to Mt. Trumbull, Arizona, and return. Palmer's route to Mt. Trumbull is unknown, but doubtless lay along the old Mormon wagon road down the Hurricane ledge, the so called Temple Road (Barnes, Will C., Arizona Place Names, p. 440).

    Leaving St. George on June 22nd, Palmer went by easy stages to Salt Lake City, collecting plants and archeological material at Red Creek (Paragonah) and Beaver City (Beaver) and from the surrounding mountains.

    The Arizona collection of 1877, according to Gray's list, comprised 124 numbers, of which 71 were from Mokiak Pass, 27 from Mount Trumbull, and 26 from Beaver Dam. The bulk of the 1877 collection, which comprised a total of 502 numbers (not including duplicate and supplementary numbers) originated in Utah.

    Locations: Mokiak Pass. Quail Hill.  

    At the Earth Sciences Library, I checked the Wolf Hole Mountain East, Arizona 7.5' quadrangle (1979). Wolf Hole (site) is at the bottom of this map in Wolf Hole Valley and near Wolf Hole Lake. Mount Trumbull is about 28 miles south by road from Wolf Hole.

    Saint George would be about 28 miles north of Wolf Hole by road.

    Quail Hill is the only pass between Saint George on the north, and Wolf Hole Valley on the south.

    It would therefore seem likely that the location now known as Quail Hill is the location formerly known as Mokiak Pass.

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