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Pondering A Natural Slope

Back in October when we visited Point Lobos,  I took some photos of the northern sage scrub slopes in order to study the look of a natural California slope--planted by nature.

Many of the resident native plants are very familiar:
Poison oak (Toxicodendron diversilobum)California coffeeberry (Frangula formerly Rhamnus californica Coyote Brush (Baccharis pilularis ssp. consanguinea)California Lilac (Ceanothus thyrsiflorus)California Sagebrush (Artemisia californica)Seaside Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum staechadifolium)California Goldenbush  (Ericameria ericoides)Dune Buckwheat  (Eriogonum parvifolium)Though our dry season visit meant the slopes were less flowery than in spring, it is worth noting that dozens of different wildflowers are also present in the shrubbery,  including:Mimulus California Poppy  Rosa californica Sidalcea malviflora Erigeron glacusseveral LupinesDouglas IrisSisyrinchium bellumHowever, I was more curious about finding overall visual patterns on the slopes than abo…

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