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No_Strings
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Spring thread

Seems as if I post a few pix about this time each year. The hills are green with fuel for this Fall's fires, rattlesnakes are sunning themselves and songbirds can occasionally be heard over the din of auto and air traffic.


* * *



Now that the pesky East-coasters are gone ...

Great day for a hike. Topped out at 89 here, or thereabouts. Three shots from an 8-mile stroll through Whiting: A shot of the Santa Ana Mountains, which I'm ever in awe of living this close; a large yucca, fighting back from the 2007 fire with a few blue bonnets starting to bloom at the base; a purple flower.



Santa Ana Moutains and foothills


Big-ass yucca


Awww


A little side note: Attentive readers will recall my mention and pictures of a wild bee colony along Borego trail. They'd been there for as long as I've lived in this house, through a couple of nasty El Nino years and the big fire. This year, they're gone. No idea why. Maybe a voluntary repo. Five years ago, I'd have guessed they'd moved to a nicer place in Coto.

Near where I took the mountain shot, I heard a familiar buzzing - more than the usual one of two bees. There was a large tree, partly fire-damaged, but leafing out nicely in most places, just off the trail on the side of a cliff. I walked closer, and sure enough there were bees flying in and out of two holes in the trunk.

Don't know if that hive is new, but I'd never noticed it there before. Circle of life or dumb luck, seems like the park is still healthy.


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Time
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Wow, that looks great.

COUNTING THE DAYS!



TheRul
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said by nirvansk815:

This folks, is why I we live in Southern California.
Nope, I live here cause this is where my wife's mom wants to live.
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CurtesyFlush
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said by nirvansk815:

This folks, is why I we live in Southern California.
One of the many reasons.
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Chinabound
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89 degrees in the middle of March.
That's nuts.



CurtesyFlush
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He's either exaggerating or has a faulty thermometer.
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Or, at his advanced age, it felt like 89 after that hike.



No_Strings
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Wunderground says we hit 84. Felt warmer than that and both the house thermometer and the one in the car (admittedly suspect) said 90. Regardless, what's a couple of degrees? It was a gorgeous day.



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Feel proud... you were hotter than Fontana by 5 degrees. That will change by July.
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Is "big-ass yucca" the botanical name of that plant?



CurtesyFlush
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Oooo oooo that smell

Windows open, the sweet perfume of orange, lemon and lime blossoms fill the air inside my house. Yes, it is Spring.

Ok, enough of that shit, bring on the fart jokes.
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No_Strings
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Re: Spring thread

No, the official classification is Yucca gluteus maximus.



heliox
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Re: Oooo oooo that smell

said by CurtesyFlush:

Windows open, the sweet perfume of orange, lemon and lime blossoms fill the air inside my house. Yes, it is Spring.

Ok, enough of that shit, bring on the fart jokes.
How can you smell that over the regular "aroma" of fontucky?
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A medium Santa Ana condition has scoured the valley clean of the PU for the past 3 days.
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Re: Spring thread

Rather than starting a new thread, I'll update this one. After all, it's still Spring. Took another walk on the wild side and brought back a couple of mementos.

The first thing I noticed, only a short distance into the park was a familiar buzzing sound. A large oak limb had fallen across the trail some time ago. The rangers had cut it to clear the trail, but left it (standard wilderness area management, I think).




From a distance, an ordinary log


Inside, a hive ofactivity

No more than 30' away, another colony was making their home in a badly-charred, but still thriving oak.

The yuccas are in bloom all over the park.



Close-up


One of the most prolific non-native species along the aptly-named Mustard Road.



Mustard flower




The strangest foreign invader I've seen in Whiting.



Red philodendron


Lots of poppies popping now. Most were closed on the way in, but had opened up by the time I walked back out.



California poppies


My favorite wildflower, even when it's not in focus.



Blue bonnet


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HINT: As that oak snag ages, the bark will lift. Pull it off and use it as a source of smoke when grilling. You will be pleasantly rewarded.
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said by CurtesyFlush:

HINT: As that oak snag ages, the bark will lift. Pull it off and use it as a source of smoke when chilling. You will be pleasantly rewarded.
I tried it and all I got was a sore throat. No high at all.
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I think he was trying to get him to irritate the bees...



nirvansk815
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Beautiful pics.



No_Strings
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You should see all the ones I screwed up.



No_Strings
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A frustrating update:

I took a bike ride through the park today and the thriving colony of bees in that fallen tree limb shown above has been replaced by a large plug of urethane foam. With no proof and deep cynicism as my guide, I'm blaming liability-leery park administrators. Even though there are big signs everywhere saying (approximately) "You are entering a wilderness area. By doing so, you are assuming risks inherent to being here." we have to be proactive. Can't have anyone getting stung by a stinking bee.

Leave the log, since it's part of the ecosystem ... then, kill the things taking up refuge there. Morons.

They also have a sign asking visitors to notify rangers of any mountain lion sightings. Fat chance. As soon as someone reports "aggressive behavior," it's bye bye lion. Unless it's attacking someone, and I know them,and I like them (you can see the filters narrowing the pool of possibles quite sharply), I'm going to ride on my merry way.

Pointless rant concluded.



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Jeeze. F'ing civilization. When I lived in Trabuco Oaks (05/72-12/73) & (1980-1993), cat sightings were greeted with the following level of hysteria:

"Saw a cat run across the road last night."
"Oh yeah? Hmmm. How about them Angels?"
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With the exception of '82 and '86, the rest of the conversation was like this:

"They fucking suck!"
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said by CurtesyFlush:

When I lived in Trabuco Oaks (05/72-12/73) & (1980-1993).
Joplin?
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A bit too old for Joplin during those years.
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TheHarvester
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even the 70s?



CurtesyFlush
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In 72 I was 17, so that's the only year I would have qualified for the place.

The 72-73 stretch in Trabuco was while I was assigned to the CDF forest fire station. I was a good boy.
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TheHarvester
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Yep, you are old. As far as the "good boy" part, I will just have to take your word for it.
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