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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.

 

 

   

2020

 

   

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:
• 8th Street:   at Church Ditch;   at trail;
Full Size ImageTemporary bridge over Church Ditch.
Full Size ImageNew concrete box culvert for Church Ditch under 8th Street.  

Saturday, 14 March 2020

Yesterday, the temporary bridge over the Church Street Ditch opened.
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Temporary bridge over Church Ditch.
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Temporary bridge over Church Ditch.

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)

 

Locations: Colorado School of Mines Survey Field.
Full Size ImageHooker's Easter Daisy (Townsendia hookeri just starting to bloom in the survey field.  

Tuesday, 7 April 2020

Survey Field, Townsendia hookeri just starting to bloom. Along with Lomatium officinale, Taraxacum officinale, Alyssum simplex, Erodium cicutarium, Claytonia rosea, and Viola nuttallii.

 
Full Size ImageA bit of snow on 16 April 2020  

Thursday, 16 April 2002

It snowed today.

 

Locations: Apex Park - Northern Parcel.
Full Size ImageKinney Run and south Golden from Apex Park.
Full Size ImageDowntown and north Golden from Apex Park.  

Tuesday, 21 April

Restricted area of Apex Park.

Full Size ImageColl. No. 2246, Holosteum umbellatum
Full Size ImageInflorescence of Coll. No. 2246, Holosteum umbellatum  
2246  Tiny little annual, opposite leaves, 5 sepals free, 5 petals free white laciniate, 2 stigmas.

Plants of Jefferson County Open Space
Jefferson County, Colorado
Caryophyllaceae

Holosteum umbellatum L.  Jagged Chickweed.

Apex Park - Restricted Area, Jefferson County, Colorado. Approximate center of area, mid slope, northeast-facing nose of ridge, 4.7 km. south of the GNIS location of Golden. 39.7233°N, 105.2233°W. WGS 1984 Tiny annual, white petals with jagged ends. Also here: Collinsia parviflora.

Collected by permit: Jefferson County Open Space, 2020, issued: Apr 13, 2020, to: Tom Schweich.

Tom Schweich 2246. 21-Apr-2020

Coll. No. 2246, 21 April 2020: Annual, to 5 cm.; Stem, single, glandular distally; Stipules, absent; Leaves, cauline, opposite, 6 mm. × 1.7 mm. wide, oval, margins, entire, glandular; Inflorescence, umbellate; Pedicels, 2.5-9.0 mm., reflexed in flower; Sepals, #5, all distinct, 2.7-3.0 mm. × 1.2 mm. wide, ovate, green, margin scarious; Petals, #5, 2.5 mm. × 1.2 mm. wide, deltoid, tip erose; Stamens, #5; Styles, #2(3?), 1 entire, 1 forked (with 2 stigmas).

  2247  Scappose, glomular head, white flowers -- certainly Saxifragiceae, maybe Micranthes rhomboidea.

 

Locations: North Washington Open Space.  

Friday, 24 April 2020

North Washington Open Space. No collections, a couple of observations, need to return in a week for Chorispora tenella in fruit.

 

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Apex Park;
• Grubstake Trail:   along the trail;

Locations: Apex Park - Northern Parcel.
Full Size ImageGolden, and North and South Table Mountains, from Apex Park.  

Saturday, 25 April 2020

Apex Park, Restricted Area.
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Widened Grubstake Trail.

Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 2248, Ranunculus glaberrimus  
2248  Ranunculus sp., probably R. glaberrumus, the Sagebrush buttercup.
  2249  Claytonia rosea

Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 2250, Collinsia parviflora  
2250  Collinsia parviflora

 

Locations: Kinney Run.
Full Size ImageTwo basal leaves of Physaria.  

Monday, 27 April 2020

 
  2251  Townsendia hookeri

 

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:   Tin Cup Ridge;

Locations: Tin Cup Ridge.  

Thursday, 30 April 2020

Tin Cup Ridge

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Balsamorhiza sagittata;
Full Size ImageColl. No. 2252, Balsamorhiza sagittata
Full Size ImageColl. No. 2252, Balsamorhiza sagittata  

2252  Balsamorhiza sagittata

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Saskatoon Serviceberry;
Full Size ImageColl. No. 2253, Amelanchier alnifolia  

2253  Prunus ??? … no maybe Amelanchier alnifolia

 

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Lookout Mtn;

Locations: Windy Saddle Park.
Full Size ImageUnnamed gulch in Windy Saddle Park.  

Monday, 4 May 2020

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Tent caterpillars on Prunus virginiana
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Upper part of unnamed gulch.
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View down the unnamed gulch.
 

Full Size ImageHabitat of Coll. No. 2254, Leucocrinum montanum  
2254  Leucocrinum montanum
  2255  Carex sp.

 

Other articles:
• Bonanza Trail:   at Grubstake W;
• Social Trail:   at Parkview;  mid-trail;
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Apex Park;
• Grubstake Trail:   at Bonanza;
• Parkview Avenue:   at end;

Locations: Apex Park. Apex Park - Northern Parcel.
Full Size ImageWest end of social trail.  

Wednesday, 6 May 2020

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Looking south in Apex Park.
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Looking toward Parkview Avenue from social trail.
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West end of Bonanza Trail at the Grubstake Trail.
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Grubstake Trail at its west junction of the Bonanza Trail.
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Gentle upper slopes of Apex Park.
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Corner of Apex Park.
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Deadman Gulch in Apex Park.
 
  2256  Leucocrinum montanum
  2257  Viola nuttallii
  2258  Cerastium arvense strictum
  2259  Viola canadensis
  2260  Mertensia lanceolata
  2261  Prunus sp. or Malus
  2262  Micranthes rhomboidea
  2262.1  Collinsia parviflora

 

Literature Cited:
- Savoca, Matthew, 2019.
- Weber, Alex K., Michael W. Weber, and Matthew S. Savoca, 2019.

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Dakota Ridge;
• Recreational Trail (Pine Ridge Estates):   just south of spur;

Locations: Cressmans Gulch (lower). Dakota Ridge.  

Saturday, 9 May 2020

South end of Dakota Ridge, aka North Hogback.
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Parking and overflow parking for North Table Mountain.
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It looks like a Titleist to me!
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South end of Dakota Ridge.
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Yard waste disposal in City of Golden open space on the banks of Cressman Gulch.
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Thirteen golf balls collected on Dakota Ridge.
  2263  Euphorbia esula
  2264  Alyssum simplex
  2264.1  Erodium cicutarium
  2265  Cerastium arvense strictum
  2265.1  Lomatium orientale
  2266  Scutellaria brittonii

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Saskatoon Serviceberry;  

2267  Amelanchier alnifolia
  2268  Bromus tectorum
  2269  Viola nuttallii
  2270  Ribes cereum
  2270.1  Cercocarpus montanus
  2271  Penstemon virens
  2271.1  Physaria montana
  2272  Physaria montana

 

Locations: North Washington Open Space. Tucker Gulch (lower).
Full Size ImageAstragalus crassicarpus “Groundplum Milkvetch”
Full Size ImageSenecio integerrimus “Columbia Ragwort” in the North Washington Open Space.  

Tuesday, 12 May 2020

North Washington Open Space and Tucker Gulch.
  2273  Chorispora tenella

Full Size ImageColl. No. 2274, Ranunculus sp.
Full Size ImageMore Ranunculus sp. Nearby.  
2274  Ranunculus sp.

Other articles:
• Golden Checklist Flora:  Alopecurus arundinaceus;  

2274.1  Alopecurus arundinaceus
  2275  Lemna minor — Duck Weed

 

Other articles:
• Kinney Run Trail:  n. end of rock wall;

Locations: Kinney Run.
Full Size ImageGarden escapee? … a Gazania?  

Friday, May 15, 2020

Kinney Run.
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Yard waste disposal in Kinney Run.
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Signage
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Signage
  2276  Physaria, sp., probably P. vitulifera

   

Saturday, 16 May 2020

 
  2277  Lunaria annua

 

Locations: Apex Park - Northern Parcel.
Full Size ImagePanorama from northeast corner of srudy area.
Full Size ImagePanorama from up near the water tank, the southeast corner of study area.  

Monday, 18 May 2020

Apex Park, Restricted Area, lower area.
  2278  Ribes aureum
  2279  Prunus sp., probably P. americana
  2280  Potentilla fissa
  2281  Senecio integerrimus
  2282  Antenaria parviflora
  2283  Nothocalais cuspidata
  2284  Chorispora tenella
  2285  Prunus virginiana
  2286  Rubus deliciousus

Full Size ImageColl. No. 2287, Docecatheon pulchellum  
2287  Dodecatheon pulchellum

 

Other articles:
• Coyote Song Trail:   along trail;   at Prairie Falcon;   along trail;   along trail;   near s. trailhead;   at s. trailhead;
• Lyons Back Trail:   at overlook;
• Columbine Trail:   near Pass Trl;   at Pass Trl;

Locations: South Valley Park.
Full Size ImageThick stand of Mullein along the trail.  

Wednesday, 20 May 2020

South Valley Park, stalking the wild … … hmmm … … something or other.
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View along the trail.
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Prairie Falcon Trail to the left. Coyote Song Trail to the right.
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Coyote Song Trail to the south.
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Along the Coyote Song Trail.
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Panorama of South Valley Park from Lyons Back Trail.
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Columbine Trail north.
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Pass Trail into South Valley Park
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Columbine Trail south.
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Scutellaria brittonii “Britton's Skullcap”
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Cliffs near southernmost Coyote Song Trail
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Cliffs at South Trailhead.
  2288  Quercus gambelii
  2289  Zigadenus paniculatus
  2290  Mertensia lanceolata
  2291  Scutellaria brittonii

 

Locations: Apex Park - Northern Parcel. Deadman Gulch.
Full Size ImagePanorama of today's objective.
Full Size ImageElk Trail through chokecherry on an old overgrown road.  

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Apex Park, Restricted Area.
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Cliff on the south side of Deadman Gulch.
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My day pack and field press on the old road, now an elk trail.
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Upper part of Deadman Gulch
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View down Deadman Gulch.
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Green Mountain from Apex Open Space Park.
  2293  Linaria dalmatica
  2294  Cynoglossum officinale
  2295  Agoseris, identified A. glauca in field but runcinate leaves lead to A. parviflora

Full Size ImageA Tradescantia occidentalis “Prairie Spiderwort” with intense color.  
2296  Tradescantia occidentalis
  2296.1  Some tall mustard … maybe Turritis glabra
  2297  Sisymbrium, maybe S. altissimum
  2298  Erigeron divergens
  2299  Scorzonera laciniata
  2300  Castilleja integra
  2301  Penstemon secundiflorus

Full Size ImageColl. No. 2302, Allium textile  
2302  Allium textile
  2303  Penstemon virens
  2304  Poa ?
  2305  Physaria montana
  2306  Erysimum capitatum
  2306.1  Harbouria trachypleura

 

Literature Cited:
- Waage, Karl M., 1955.

Other articles:
• Dakota Ridge Trail:   near trailhead;   along ridge;   at viewpoint;   along ridge;  along trail.;   near jct.;   at Zorro Trl;   near jct.;   s. of trl jct;

Locations: Dinosaur Ridge. Matthews/Winters Park.  

Friday, 29 May 2020

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May favorite kind of trail … straight up.
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Stegosaurus Lot, trailhead for Dinosaur Ridge.
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Interstate 70 enters Mount Vernon Canyon.
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Green Mountain from Dinosaur Ridge
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One of two Physaria seen.
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The other of two Physaria seen.
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Little rattlesnake seen along Dakota Ridge Trail.
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Two young women with unleashed dogs.
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Junction with the Zorro Trail.
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Looking north on the Dakota Ridge Trail.
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Looking south on the Dakota Ridge Trail.
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Opuntia macrorhiza
 

Literature Cited:
- Scott, G. R., 1972.

Other articles:
• Dakota Ridge Trail:   at Zorro Trl;

Locations: Dinosaur Ridge. Mount Vernon Canyon.  

Scott (1972) wrote about the wind gap in Dinosaur Ridge:
Qrf — Rocky Flats Alluvium. … Inferred Rocky Flats alluvium erosion channel preserved in Mount Vernon Canyon and in the wind gap through Dakota hogback west of Green Mountain.
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