|Blue oaks (Quercus douglasii) have large gaps in their canopy through which you can see the stars. Growing only here, blue oaks are California natives.|
Also, if you are studying a species on the edge of its range, it is good to visit its habitat in the center of its range to observe that species' appearance and behavior in its stronghold. And vice-versa. We've got a big state here, go for a trip.
It's not a fabulous year for spring wildflowers due to the dry weather, however, some plants are still blooming especially right now and over the next few weeks. After all, California natives are adapted to occasional drought.
|Gray pines (Pinus sabineana) at sunset. Growing in dry places and full of resins, their forked trunks - often burnt and leaning - are endemic to California.|
Put your hands on the wheel
Let the golden age begin
Let the window down
Feel the moonlight on your skin
Let the desert wind cool your aching head
Let the weight of the world drift away instead