Wednesday, July 1, 2015

The Lush and the Sharp: A June 30th Hike at Almaden Quicksilver

It's dry and hot at AQS but summer wildflowers and even some farewell-to-spring are out.  Many are not in my immediate repertoire so I'm hoping to get ID assistance.  This one reminds me of buckwheat.

This seems to be a teasel of some kind and it is blooming from the bottom up.  Lovely anthers and we can call this specimen both sharp and lush.  

Elderberry, at the height of lush abundance.  

Very lush but very sparse and in only one spot on the hike.  Composite of some sort.  Anyone know?

Going to seed in the softest and downiest way.  A thistle 
or close relative, perhaps.

The least-focused but the sharpest of all and now we know why artichoke is a thistle.  

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