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A Bloomin' Good Time


The Big Show is back. One of the most beautiful natural phenomena in our Golden Gate National Parks, the spring wildflower display generally begins in March and reaches its peak in April and May. This year, however, splashes of color are hitting the landscape-sized... more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

A Shamrock or a Sham?

Oxalis oregano

People often equate four-leafed clovers with shamrocks—probably because both are said to bring luck—but the original significance of the shamrock is more closely tied to the sacredness of groups of three in Celtic tradition.

Interestingly, there is no one species known in Ireland to be... more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

What's Hiding Under the Pines?

Winter Wonderland

The seasonal game of hide and go seek has begun! There are many players involved, so it is good to know what you are up against. What am I talking about? Mushroom hunting of course.

This seasonal adventure game is one of my favorite winter... more >>

March 2012 | Leave a comment

Cracking the Great Pollination Mystery

Rock Cress

Annually around late January, an explosion of magenta-red flowers appears on the rocky road cut that forms the east face of Hawk Hill along Conzelman Road in the Marin Headlands. These are clumps of Arabis blepharophylla, the coast rock cress, and they bloom for... more >>

February 2012 | Leave a comment


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