|Owl's Clover (Black Mountain Trail)|
So, here a few treasures from a recent hike on the Black Mountain Trail. Mr. Mouse and I usually hike this trail in winter, but spring has been unusually cool, so we decided to go in mid-May and were delighted by the many flowers, ferns, and butterflies.
Above, some owl's clover that we saw on the ascent from Hidden Villa. There are several ways to start this trail - Hidden Villa is the least exhausting, with many switchbacks. And the wildflower in that chaparral area were still outstanding.
|Fernald's Iris (Black Mountain Trail)|
Most of the rest of the trail goes through oak woodland, and I was excited to find the delicate flowers of Fernald's iris. Less showy than the more common Douglas iris - but isn't she beautiful? Ms. Country Mouse lives in an area where this iris is locally native and has banned all Douglas iris from the property. In this post she writes about that project - which benefited both the native habitat and the local CNPS chapter.
|Hairy Honeysuckle (Black Mountain Trail)|
|Globe Lily with Western Maidenhair Fern (Black Mountain Trail)|
We also enjoyed the many ferns along the trail, and next time, I'll make more photos of them. But I did get a very nice photo of Western Maidenhair fern, with a globe lily in the background. Sure, I had meant to photograph the globe lily, but no matter...
|Indian Paintbrush (Black Mountain Trail)|
|Pitcher Sage (Black Mountain Trail)|
We had had a faint hope of seeing Golden Eardrops, a stunning bloomer that I'd seen in the Los Padres National Forest. But alas, it was not to be. Still, we were very excited about this opportunity to hike this trail so late in the season - and to discover all the treasures that one can find there this time of year.