Alpine Lake from the lower reaches of the Rocky Ridge Trail. Kind of a gray day.
Down near the lake, the trail mixed grasslands and forest. Douglas fir and madrone show here.
There were also buckeyes (Aesculus californica). This flower stalk was popping its very first flower. Others were more in bloom.
Lonicera hispidula (California honeysuckle).
Rhododendron occidentale (western azalea).
Above the forest is the big serpentine plain. It's mostly covered by manzanita, although there are few toyons. The flowers at the far right are yerba santa. Behind are some rather thin Douglas firs.
Calochortus umbellatus (Oakland mariposa lily). There are more of these among the manzanitas than I ever saw in Oakland.
Down the Kent Trail and into the moister forest. Douglas firs here, but redwoods and tan oaks ahead.
Van Wyck Creek or a tributary thereof. Just a nice peaceful place to stop and listen to the water. (31 second video -- click to play.)
Clintonia andrewsiana (red clintonia) in somewhat ragged bloom. It's a redwood forest dweller that I've seen in healthier bloom farther north. I don't recall seeing it in bloom here on Mt. Tam before.
Clintonia andrewsiana (red clintonia). The leaves are very distinctive. I think I *have* spotted these here before.
The tanoak forest.
Down to Alpine Lake. That low cloud layer is still there.
One of the amusing things on these trails are all the old pipes. The lakes are Marin's water supply but at one time water was drawn from from higher up.
Aspidotis sp. (lace fern). From pictures and the size of the leaves, I lean toward A. densa (cliffbreak). However, without looking at the sori, I can't rule out A. californica.
Viola ocellata (western heart's ease). I've not seen many violets this year, so it was nice to see this.
Heuchera micrantha (alum root), with a few California polypody in the background.
Delphinium decorum (coast delphinium) is most likely, but D. patens is a not-impossible alternative. Two features suggest decorum: the sepals are not reflexed and I think see a few hairs at the end of the them.
Delphinium decorum (coast delphinium) is most likely, but D. patens is a not-impossible alternative. The leaves look a little more like decorum too (almost like nudicaule).
Delphinium decorum (coast delphinium) is most likely, but D. patens is a not-impossible alternative. These are just a little brighter blue than I gather decorum sometimes produces. D. patens is known for bright blue sepals.