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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.

 

   

April, 2018

 

 

   

Sunday, April 1st

Praia do Baril to Bormujos.

Locations: Praia do Barril.
Full Size ImageTrain to Praia do Barril.
Full Size ImageSofia and Nico by the train.  

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The beach at Praia do Barril, our group at left.
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Graveyard of the Anchors.
Praia do Baril

 

   

Monday, April 2nd

Sevilla

Full Size ImageRestaurante La Cueva
Full Size ImageOne several graves of Christopher Columbus; this one in the Seville Cathedral.
Full Size ImageThe Giralda of the Seville Cathedral.  
Sevilla

 

   

Tuesday, April 3rd

Italica

Locations: Italica.
Full Size ImageGeneral view of Italica.
Full Size ImageA lot of school groups touring Italica on this day.  

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View across the amphitheater to the city of Italica.
Italica

 

   

Wednesday, April 4th

Bormujos to Madrid

 

   

Thursday, April 5th

Madrid.

Other articles: Field Notes 30 Mar 2007

Locations: Madrid.
Full Size ImageColin in front of the statue of Velasquez.  

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Vertical Garden, 11 years later.
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Vertical Garden, 11 years later.
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Riding the Metro.
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Plaza Mayor
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Plaza de Espana, with statue of Miguel Cervantes.
The Prado, the Sofia Reina, and around.

 

   

Friday, April 6th

Madrid to Denver.

 

   

Wednesday, April 11th

North Washington Open Space and North Table Mountain.

Locations: North Washington Open Space.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1775, Juniperus virginiana  

1775  Field identification: Juniperus sp., probably a horticultural species.
Juniperus virginiana L. Eastern Redcedar.

North Washington Open Space, Jefferson County, Colorado. On a cut bank near the north boundary fence of the North Washington Open Space, 1.8 km northwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7689N, 105.2334W. WGS 1984 Single plant about 2 m. tall. Probable garden escapee.

Tall narrow shrub, to 2 m.; Leaves in 2s, scale-like, margin entire, tip acute, overlapping > length of next leaf, length of gland < distance to apex; Seed, #1, 4 mm. × 3 mm.

Locations: North Washington Open Space.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1776, Lamium amplexicaule  

1776  Field identification: Lamium amplexicaule. Turkish Mint.
Lamium amplexicaule L. Henbit.

North Washington Open Space, Jefferson County, Colorado. Small (4 acre) fallow city-owned parcel in northern Golden, near the intersection of Colorado Highway 93 and Washington Avenue, 1.75 km. northwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7688N, 105.2317W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1797 m.. Small group of plants in the area that has previously mowed by neighbors, northeast corner of parcel.

Locations: North Table Mountain.  

1777  Field identification:Carex inops var. heliophila. Sun Sedge.
Carex inops L.H. Bailey ssp. heliophila (Mack.) Crins. Sun Sedge.

North Table Mountain, Jefferson County, Colorado. Southwest corner of North Table Mountain, exposed sites on lower slopes, near City of Golden North Table Mountain trail, 1.23 km. north of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7665N, 105.2192W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1818 m..

 

   

Thursday, April 12th

Kinney Gulch Trail, from Eagle Ridge up to Tripp Ranch.

Other articles: Kinney Run Trail just n. of Tripp Rch  

1778  Field identification: Chorispora tenella
Chorispora tenella (Pall.) DC. Crossflower.

Kinney Run, Jefferson County, Colorado. Between Kinney Run Trail and the creek, just north of Tripp Ranch, 3.36 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7259N, 105.2137W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1889 m.

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora Euphorbia myrsinites Kinney Run Trail at slope

Locations: Kinney Run.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1779, Euphorbia myrsinites in Kinney Run.  

1779  Field identification: Euphorbia myrsinites
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Habitat of Coll. No. 1779, Euphorbia myrsinites in Kinney Run.
Euphorbia myrsinites L. Myrtle Spurge.

Kinney Run, Jefferson County, Colorado. West-facing slope, just beginning to bloom, collection from southern edge of an infestation that extends 175 m. north along the rock outcrop. 3.31 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7264N, 105.2133W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1851 m.

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora Kinney Run Kinney Run Trail at coll locn

Locations: Kinney Run.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1780, Viola nuttallii  

1780  Field identification: Viola nuttallii
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Kinney Run in early Spring.
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Kinney Run in early Spring.
Viola nuttallii Pursh. Nuttall's Violet.

Kinney Run, Jefferson County, Colorado. 40 m. east of, and above the Kinney Run Trail, in the sandstone of a hogback, at the base of Cercocarpus montanus, which itself was rooted in a fracture of the bedrock, 3.22 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7272N, 105.2134W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1845 m.

Other articles: Kinney Run Trail at coll locn  

1780.1  Field identification: Cerastium arvense.
Cerastium arvense L. ssp. strictum Gaudin. Field Chickweed.

Kinney Run, Jefferson County, Colorado. 40 m. east of and above the Kinney Run Trail, in the sandstone of a hogback, at the base of Cercocarpus montanus, which itself was rooted in a fracture of the bedrock, 3.22 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7272N, 105.2134W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1845 m.

Other articles: Kinney Run Trail at outcrop  

1781  Field identification: Taraxacum officinale.
Taraxacum officinale F. H. Wigg. Common Dandelion.

Kinney Run, Jefferson County, Colorado. Thirty meters east of and above the Kinney Run Trail, in thin soil near bare rock outcrops of a small hogback, 3.16 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7276N, 105.2136W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1839 m.

Other articles: Kinney Run Trail at cove

Locations: Kinney Run.
Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1782, Berberis repens.  

1782  Field identification: Berberis repens
Berberis repens Lindl. Creeping Barberry.

Kinney Run, Jefferson County, Colorado. Thirty-eight meters east of and above the Kinney Run Trail, west side of the hogback in a small cove or old excavation that collects water, 3.12 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.728N, 105.2137W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1835 m.

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora Kinney Run Kinney Run Trail at sm. hill Field Notes Coll. No. 1827, 16 May 2018

Locations: Kinney Run.
Full Size ImageHabitat of Lithospermum arvense in Kinney Run.  

1783  Field identification: unknown, possibly Boraginaceae Lithospermum arvense.
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View of Kinney Run in early Spring.
--- Match with 1827.

Other articles: Kinney Run Trail at line of trees

Locations: Kinney Run.
Full Size ImageLight-phase Red-Tailed Hawk seen in Kinney Run.  

Also seen: Lomatium orientale, Alyssum simplex, Erodium cicutarium, Claytonia rosea, Zigadenus paniculatus. Three raptors seen today. This is the first of three.
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General view north on Kinney Run.
 

 

   

Monday, April 16th

North Table Mountain. Cottonwood Canyon to North Table Loop, the basalt quarry, and back.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 1784, Carex inops var. heliophila  
1784  Field identification: Carex inops var. heliophila. In rocks with some openings and bare ground, Berberis repens.
Carex inops L.H. Bailey ssp. heliophila (Mack.) Crins. Sun Sedge.

North Table Mountain Park, Jefferson County, Colorado. Upper part of Cottonwood Canyon, a relatively large canyon draining North Table Mountain to the southeast, on top of small rise along an old social trail that predates Open Space trail construction, 3.07 km. northeast of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7799N, 105.2043W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1896 m. With Berberis repens. Early anthesis at this slightly higher elevation, pistillate spikelets just beginning to develop.

Locations: North Table Mountain Park.
Full Size ImageConcentration of Pediocactus simpsonii
Full Size ImageDeer at the break in mountain slope.  

Tops of rocky ledges above Cottonwood Canyon: a lot of Pediocactus simpsonii and a good number of Carex inops var. simpsonii. Small (10-12) herd of deer in the upper reaches of Cottonwood Canyon, away from the trail.
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Concentration of Pediocactus simpsonii
 

Locations: North Table Mountain Park.
Full Size ImageFlowing water entering Cottonwood Canyon
Full Size ImageFlowing water entering Cottonwood Canyon  

Stream draining the small reservoir, and feeding Cottonwood Canyon.
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A second group of deer on top of North Table Mountain.
 

 

   

Wednesday, April 18th.

Heritage Dells and Magic Mountain Archeological Site.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 1786, Muscari botryoides  
1785  Field identification: Muscari botryoides
Muscari botryoides (L.) Mill. Common Grape Hyacinth.

Heritage Square, Jefferson County, Colorado. Heritage Dells area, 35 m. east of the Kinney Run Trail, in thin soil on top of a very low hogback, 4.3 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden 39.7177N, 105.2111W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1872 m. Well naturalized in a small thriving colony. Most leaves have been at least partially eaten.

  1786  Field identification: Cerastium arvense ssp. strictum
Cerastium arvense L. ssp. strictum Gaudin. Field Chickweed.

Heritage Square, Jefferson County, Colorado. Heritage Dells area, 41 m. east of the Kinney Run Trail, in thin soil on top of a very low hogback, 4.3 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden 39.7177N, 105.211W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1887 m.

  1787  Field identification: Carex inops var. heliophila
Carex inops L.H. Bailey ssp. heliophila (Mack.) Crins. Sun Sedge.

Heritage Square, Jefferson County, Colorado. Heritage Dells area, 47 m. east of the Kinney Run Trail, in thin soil on top of a very low hogback, 4.34 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden 39.7172N, 105.211W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1898 m.


Full Size ImageColl. No. 1787.1, Delphinium nuttallianum  
1787.1  Field identification: Delphinium nuttallii.

Delphinium nuttallianum Pritz. Twolobe Larkspur.

Heritage Square, Jefferson County, Colorado. Heritage Dells area, 47 m. east of the Kinney Run Trail, in thin soil on top of a very low hogback, 4.34 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden 39.7172N, 105.211W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1898 m. Dark blue-purple larkspur. Only four plants, therefore only one flower and one leaf collected.

Other articles: Kinney Run Trail at Burgess at top of hill
Full Size ImageLooking south on the Kinney Run Trail.
Full Size ImageLooking north on the Kinney Run Trail.  

Pinus ponderosa, Rhus aromatica trilobata, Lomatium orientale, Artemisia frigida, Artemisia ludoviciana, Brickellia californica, Centauria diffusa, Ericameria nauseosa graveolens, Taraxacum officinale, Verbascum thapsus, Cynoglossum officinale, Alyssum simplex, Cerastium arvense strictum, Sedum lanceolatum, Penstemon virens, Potentilla sp., Ribes cereum, Commandra umbellata, Viola nuttallii, Yucca glauca, Leucocrinum montanum,
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Burgess Avenue.
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Small Missouri Foxtail Cactus
 

 

 

   

Thursday, April 19th

Matthews/Winters Open Space.

 

Locations: Matthews/Winters Park.
Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1788, Lithospermum arvense.
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1788, Lithospermum arvense  

1788  Field identification: Lithospermum arvense
Lithospermum arvense L. Corn Gromwell.

Matthews/Winters Park, Jefferson County, Colorado. Beside the Village Walk Trail, near the Mount Vernon Cemetery, 7.25 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden 39.6909N, 105.2085W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1948 m. Duplicates Judy King collection 4 May 2009, KHD47888. Also collected in Kinney Run, Golden, my Coll. Nos. 1783 and 1827.

 

 

 

Locations: Colorado School of Mines Survey Field.
Full Size ImageErysimum capitatum in the Survey Field.
Full Size ImageNorth Golden as seen from the Survey Field.  

Monday, April 23rd

Colorado School of Mines Survey Field.

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Beetle seen in the Survey Field
 

Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1789, Collinsia parviflora
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1789, Collinsia parviflora  
1789  Field identification: Collinsia parviflora “Blue-Eyed Mary”
Collinsia parviflora Lindl. Maiden Blue-eyed Mary.

Colorado School of Mines Survey Field, Jefferson County, Colorado. North-facing slope of small gulch, 1.97 km. south southwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7383N, 105.2267W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1846 m.

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora Erodium cicutatium
Full Size ImageColl. No. 1790, Erodium cicutarium  

1790  Field identification: Erodium cicutarium
Erodium cicutarium (L.) L'Her. ex Aiton. Redstem Stork's Bill.

Colorado School of Mines Survey Field, Jefferson County, Colorado. South side of an alluvial hill near the center of the Survey Field, 2.22 km, south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7357N, 105.2245W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1843 m.


Full Size ImageColl. No. 1791, Nothocalais cuspidata  
1791  Field identification: Nothocalais cuspidata
Nothocalais cuspidata (Pursh) Greene. Prairie False Dandelion.

Colorado School of Mines Survey Field, Jefferson County, Colorado. Distributed broadly across upper surface of small alluvial hill, near the center of the Survey Field, 2.22 km, south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7359N, 105.2245W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1851 m.


Full Size ImageColl. No. 1792, Delphinium, probably D. nuttallii  
1792  Field identification: Delphinium nuttallii
 

 

 

 

Locations: Ranson/Edwards Homestead Open Space Park.  

Thursday, April 26th

Ranson/Edwards Homestead Open Space.

Cloudy, cool, breezy, with a few rain drops.
 

Full Size ImageColl. No. 1793, Anemone patens var. multifida  
1793  Field identification: Anemone patens
Anemone patens L. var. multifida Pritzel. Eastern Pasqueflower.

Ranson/Edwards Homestead Open Space Park, Jefferson County, Colorado. Highest Great Plains at base of the Rocky Mountain Front Range, just above Rocky Flats, 1.7 mi. west on Colorado Highway 73 from Colorado Highway 93, then 2.0 mi. generally north on Plainview Road. 39.898N, 105.2704W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1943 m.

 

 

   

Friday, April 27th

Clear Creek Canyon Park

 
  1794  Field identification: Leucocrinum montanum
Leucocrinum montanum Nutt. ex A. Gray. Star Lily.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County, Colorado. Southeast-facing hillslope just inside the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon, foothills of Rocky Mountain Front Range, 2.3 km west of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7528N, 105.2476W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1816 m.

Other articles: Golden Checklist Flora Euphorbia esula
Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1795, Euphorbia esula  

1795  Field identification: Euphorbia esula
Euphorbia esula L. Leafy Spurge.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County, Colorado. Colonizing a former quarry road, southeast-facing side of the canyon, just inside the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon, foothills of Rocky Mountain Front Range, 2.16 km west of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7532N, 105.2461W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1794 m.


Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 1796, Physaria vitulifera  
1796  Field identification: Physaria vitulifera
Physaria vitulifera Rydb. Roundtip Twinpod.

Clear Creek Canyon Park, Jefferson County, Colorado. Growing on the bank of a former quarry road, southeast-facing side of the canyon, just inside the mouth of Clear Creek Canyon, foothills of Rocky Mountain Front Range, 2.16 km west of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7535N, 105.2459W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1801 m.

Other articles: U. S. Highway 6 at quarry at climbing area

Locations: Clear Creek Canyon. Clear Creek Canyon Park.
Full Size ImageEntrance to Clear Creek Canyon Park  

Clear Creek Canyon Park.
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Stuck?
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Car wreck.
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Mazes constructed on the floor of the quarry.
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Fault plane exposed by quarry.
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Fault plane exposed by quarry.
 

Other articles: U. S. Highway 6 at quarry at Indian Gl in Tunnel 1

Locations: Indian Gulch.
Full Size ImageObs. No. 1599, Oenothera coronopifolia  

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Erysimum capitatum among Linaria dalmatica.
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Indian Gulch
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Tunnel No. 1 from ridge above Indian Gulch.
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Leucocrinum montanum sometimes called "sand lily" in some actual sandy habitat.
Also seen on the slope: Lithospermum incisum, Erysimum capitatum, Corydalis aureus, Viola nuttallii, and an Oenothera that I think was O. coronopifolia. I described the Oenothera as Leaves cauline, deeply pinnately lobed, sepals reflexed, bi-fised, hairy, tip non-descript, stamens 8, indusium present, stigma 4-lobed.

 

Other articles: U. S. Highway 6 at Mayhem Gl

Locations: Clear Creek Canyon Park.
Full Size ImageMayhem Gulch Parking Lot and Trailhead  

Mayhem Gulch Parking Lot and Trailhead.

 

 

Other articles: Centennial Cone Road at pkg

Locations: Centennial Cone Park.
Full Size ImageUpper reaches of Mayhem Gulch drainage.  

Centennial Cone West Trailhead.

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Centennial Cone, as seen from the West Trailhead.
 

Other articles: Douglas Mountain Drive at saddle
Full Size ImageYellow Submarine mail box.
Full Size ImageRanch in upper Elk Creek drainage.  

Saddle between Horse Creek and Elk Creek drainage.
 

Other articles: Douglas Mountain Drive at turn

Locations: Douglas Mountain.
Full Size ImageLots of ranchettes in upper Elk Creek drainage.  

Road changes direction, view of upper Elk Creek drainage.
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Douglas Mountain above the road.
 

Other articles: Camino Perdido at pkg

Locations: Centennial Cone Park.
Full Size ImageDouglas Mountain from the North Trailhead of Centennial Cone Park.  

North Trailhead of Centennial Cone Park.
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Travois Trail headed southeast from the North Trailhead
 

Other articles: Belcher Hill Road 65000 on the down-hill slide

Locations: North Table Mountain. Ralston Buttes. White Ranch Park.
Full Size ImageWhoa!  

White Ranch Park, West Trailhead.
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Early Spring view to the north.
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Denver through the haze.
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Ralston Buttes from West Trailhead.
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North and South Table Mountains from White Ranch Park.
 

 

 

 

Other articles: Field Notes Coll. No. 2090, 26 Jun 2019

Locations: North Washington Open Space.
Full Size ImageConstruction damage and debris.  

Saturday, April 28th

North Washington Open Space.

 
  1797  1797.1  1797.2  Field identification: Carex inops ssp. heliophila.
Carex inops L.H. Bailey ssp. heliophila (Mack.) Crins. Sun Sedge.

North Washington Open Space, Jefferson County, Colorado. Scattered across the top and southwest slope of the hill with somewhat intact mixed-grass prairie, 1.76 km. northwest of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7685N, 105.2331W. WGS 1984 Elev. 1817 m. Three collections of the Sun Sedge bearing the suffixes .0, .1, and .2 were made this day relatively near to each other.


Full Size ImageObs. No. 1603, Coryphantha missouriensis  
Many Coryphantha missouriensis seen with fruit.
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