Eastern Mojave Vegetation Field Notes (Continued)  
 

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Literature Cited
 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.

 

 

   

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Wednesday, 1 January 2020

 

Other articles: SE-5405 at trailhead
Full Size ImageWhere the route diverges from the highway.
Full Size ImageJust a little way down the trial with Rachel.  

We dropped Rachel off at this trailhead, to pick her up near Almaden de la Plata later.

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Down the trail.
 

Locations: Cortijo El Berrocal.
Full Size ImageSpecial old oak tree at Cortijo El Berrocal.  

Cortijo El Berrocal, with a visitor center, in a Parque Natural in the Seirra Norte de Sevilla. The visitor center was closed when we visited.

 


Full Size ImageAlmaden de la Plata from the Mirador del Cerro del Calvario.  
 

Locations: El Real de la Jara.
Full Size ImageView across El Real de la Jara to Cortijo de Aguado
Full Size ImageNorth of El Real de la Jara.  

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Castillo de los Torres, over there in Extremadura.
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Sheep.
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Cheryl and Rachel still in Andalucia.
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The Castillo de los Torres.
 

   

Thursday, 2 January 2020

 

Locations: Santa Olalla del Cala.
Full Size ImageThe Castillo de Santa Olalla del Cala.
Full Size ImageThe Ermita  

First stop at Hostal Restaurante Carmelo for a little breakfast, then west of town for a view of the Castillo de Santa Olalla de Cala. Unfortunately the castle was closed for repairs.

 

Literature Cited:
- Venhuis, C., and J. G. B. Oostermeijer, 2004.

Locations: Aljucen.
Full Size ImageChurch of San Andres in Aljucen.  

Aljucen for coffee and a visit.

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Door of the Church of San Andres.
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Interpretive panel for Via de la Plata.
Serapias perez-chiscanoi, a rare species of orchid, is endemic to western Portugal and western Spain, especially in the Guadiana basin around Aljucen. The type locality is near Santa Amalia that is east of Merida (Venhuis and Oostermeijer, 2004).

Locations: Santa Lucia del Trampal.
Full Size ImageGoats on the road.
Full Size ImageThe Basilica de Santa Lucia del Trampal.  

The Basilica Santa Lucia del Trampal

 

  Lunch at a park on the banks of Rio Aljucen.

 

Locations: Dolmen de Lacara.
Full Size ImageHiking to the Dolmen.
Full Size ImageInterpretive Panel.  

Dolmen de Lacara

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Interpretive Panel.
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The opening.
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On the dolmen.
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The corriedor of the dolmen.
 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageThe Roman aqueduct in Merida.  

Merida

The roman aqueduct over Rio Guadiana.

 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageThe Temple of Diana.  

The Temple of Diana at night. We ate in an Extremadura restaurant nearby.

 

   

Friday 3 January 2020

 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageEntrance to Anfiteatro Romano.
Full Size ImageThe Roman Amphitheater.  

Visit to the Roman Amphitheater.

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Entrance to Roman Amphitheater.
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Architectural details of special box for local elite.
 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageThe Roman Theater.  

Visit to the Roman Theater.

 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageGeneral view of the crypt under the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano.
Full Size ImageFrescos and columns found under the museum while it was under construction.  

We arrived at the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano just as a tour of the crypt was forming.

 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageInside the National Museum of Roman Art.
Full Size ImageInside the National Museum of Roman Art.  

Visited the National Museum of Roman Art.

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A large mosiac on display.
 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageThe Roman bridge.  

A walk across the Roman bridge.

 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageInside the Visigoth museum.
Full Size ImageA carved Visigoth capital.  

After lunch visit to the Visigoth Museum.

 

Locations: Merida.
Full Size ImageUnderneath the Basilica de Santa Eulalia.
Full Size ImageInside the Basilica de Santa Eulalia.  

A visit to the Basilica de Santa Eulalia. Going underneath was free, visiting the church above was 2€.

 

   

Saturday, 4 January 2020

 

Locations: Nossa Senhora da Graça Fort.
Full Size ImageNossa Senhora da Graça Fort
Full Size ImageView to Elvas from Nossa Senhora da Graça Fort  

Nossa Senhora da Graça Fort

 

Locations: Elvas.
Full Size ImageArco de Santa Clara, Elvas, Portugal.
Full Size ImageInside the Igreja das Dominicas  

A visit to Elvas.

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An impromptu concert in the Praça da República
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Esquina Gate, Elvas, Portugal
 

Full Size ImageWhere we stopped for lunch.  
We just pulled off the highway about half way between Elvas and Evora. Passed through an interesting marble mining area near Vila Vicosa.

 

Locations: Cromeleque dos Almendres.
Full Size ImageCheryl and Rachel at Cromeleque dos Almendres
Full Size ImageEvora as seen from Cromeleque dos Almendres.  

We went to see the Neolithic monument called Cromeleque dos Almendres.

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Carved rock at Cromeleque dos Almendres.
 

   

Sunday, 5 January 2020

 

Locations: Evora.
Full Size ImageChapel of Bones
Full Size ImageInterior of the Igreja de São Francisco.  

A visit to the Chapel of the Bones.

Chapel of Bones

Built in the first half of the 17th century, as an extension of the Chapter House of the convent of São Francisco, the Chapel of the Bones is an invitation to reflect on the transitory nature of the human condition, summarised in the words above its entrance:

WE BONES HERE, FOR YOURS AWAIT.
The decoration of the ceiling, dating from 1810 and full of symbols, allegories and quotations from the Holy Scriptures, adds the affirmation of another Life in the splendor of the glory of God.
At the back of the chapel is the 18th-century tomb chest of the founders of the Convent (13th century) and the floor tomb of Bishop Jacinto Carlos da Silveira, who died during the invasion of Évora by French troops, on 29 July 1808.

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"We bones here, for yours await"
 

Locations: Evora.
Full Size ImageEvora from the roof of the Cathedral.
Full Size ImageThe Cloisters inside the Cathedral of Evora.  

Visit to the Cathedral of Evora, including a climb to the roof.

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An altar in the Cathedral of Evora.
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The nave in the Cathedral of Evora.
 

Locations: Evora.
Full Size ImageCoffee in the Jardim Diana.  

Coffee in the Jardim Diana.

 

Locations: Evora.
Full Size ImageInside the Igreja de São João Evangelista
Full Size ImageThe altar of the Igreja de São João Evangelista  

Igreja de São João Evangelista

 

Locations: Evora.
Full Size ImageArches from the water aqueduct incorporated into buildings.  

 

   

Monday, 6 January 2020

 

Locations: Evora.
Full Size ImageLeaving our rented house.  

Leaving Evora

 

Locations: Reguengos de Monsaraz.
Full Size ImageUnique church in Reguengos de Monsaraz.  

Short stop in Reguengos de Monsaraz

 

Locations: Monsaraz. Mourao.
Full Size ImageChurch restoration, Igreja Matriz de Nossa Sra sad Candeias.
Full Size ImageCastle walls in Mourao; Monsaraz in the distance.  

Another short stop, this time in Mourao.

 

 

   

March 2020

 

Other articles: Tilting Mesa Trail at pond near eph pond

Locations: Vaca Lake.
Full Size ImageHorsepeople riding in the closed area at Vaca Lake.  

Hike across North Table Mountain from Cottonwood Canyon to North Table Mountain Trailhead.

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Open Space trail crew trying to repair damage by Xcel trucks.
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Open Space trail crew trying to repair damage by Xcel trucks.
 

   

Tuesday, 17 March 2020

Download GIS data for Spain: http://centrodedescargas.cnig.es

 

 

Literature Cited:
- Fernandez-Mazuecos, Mario, Jose Luis Blanco-Pastor, and Pablo Vargas, 2013.
- Sutton, D. A., 1988.

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 2077, 14 Jun 2019 Glossary homoplasy  

2077 

Sunday, 22 March 2020

Pivotal results. Linaria and Nuttallanthus constituted a monophyletic group within the Antirrhineae. Linaria was recovered as a paraphyletic group with Nuttallanthus nested within it. Six major clades were recognized within the Linaria-Nuttallanthus clade. The seed wing, a structure that has been extensively used in systematic treatments, appears to be a homoplasious character in Linaria (Fernandez-Mazuecos, et al., 2013)

 

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