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Lone lodgepole pine Corn lillies Nature's rock garden
A lone Lodgepole Pine Corn lilies Nature's rock garden
   
Sierra junipers Red leaves Gnarled roots
Sierra junipers Red Leaves Gnarled roots
  
Monster Tree (lodgepole pine) Dead Manzanita on carpet of live plants Chinquapin
Monster Tree Dead Manzanita on carpet of live plants Chinquapin
   
Red leaves near Rock Creek
Shooting Star Sugar Pine Cones Red leaves near Rock Creek
   
Shooting Star in meadow near Stargazer Rock
Dogwood Leaves, Nelder Grove, Sierra National Forest Lilly Pond, Old Wishon Road Shooting Star in meadow near Stargazer Rock
  
Mushroom, Sierra National Forest Returning to the earth Azalea in Nelder Grove
Mushroom, Sierra National Forest Returning to the earth Azalea in Nelder Grove
   
Cattail, Sierra Nevada Dead lodgepoles near Mammoth Lakes CA Life on a rock
Cattail, Sierra Nevada Dead lodgepoles near Mammoth Lakes CA Life on a rock
  
California's green and gold Fiesta Flower Rusty fern
California's green and gold Fiesta Flower Rusty fern
   
Lichen on granite creates rock art These succulents are common in high rocky areas Large fern by Lewis Creek
Lichen on granite creates rock art These succulents are common in high rocky areas Large fern by Lewis Creek
   
Just right" tangy apples in a mountain orchard Elderberries in Sequoia National Park Snow plants are so-called because they often emerge when snow is still on the ground
"Just right" tangy apples in a mountain orchard (J. Neely) Elderberries in Sequoia National Park Snow plants are so-called because they often emerge when snow is still on the ground
  
Growth of a single plant, mid-June Bunched together, they create a brilliant red spot in the landscape Up close
Growth of a single plant, mid-June Bunched together, they create a brilliant red spot in the landscape Up close
   
Aspens reflected in Silver Lake, eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain mahogany on Panum Crater near Mono Lake Dogwood near California Creek, Sierra National Forest
Aspens reflected in Silver Lake, eastern Sierra Nevada Mountain mahogany on Panum Crater near Mono Lake

Dogwood near California Creek, Sierra National Forest

   
Close-up of dogwood leaves Inside a hollow redwood stump in Nelder Grove   Big striped leaf thistle
Close-up of dogwood leaves

Inside a hollow redwood stump in Nelder Grove

Big striped leaf thistle
   
Wildflowers gone to seed Ripening manzanita berries Dried seeds near June Lake
Wildflowers gone to seed Ripening manzanita berries Dried seeds near June Lake
  
Bear clover AKA Mountain Misery Bear Clover in bloom HIllside above Mono Lake

Bear clover AKA Mountain Misery

Bear Clover in bloom HIllside above Mono Lake
   
High desert plants near Mono Lake, eastern Sierra Nevada 1 High desert plants near Mono Lake, eastern Sierra Nevada 2 High desert plants near Mono Lake, eastern Sierra Nevada 3
High desert plants near Mono Lake, eastern Sierra Nevada
   
This bush provides a spot of bright color New growth rising out of the destruction of the 2015 Rough Fire Gooseberries - ripe and juicy, but covered with stickers
This bush provides a spot of bright fall color near Kaiser Pass New growth rising out of the destruction of the 2015 Rough Fire Gooseberries - ripe and juicy, but covered with stickers
   
Dogwood near California Creek Pine needles carpet the Chimney Tree Trail in Nelder Grove Ferns fading away, with mossy log segments in front

Dogwood near California Creek

Pine needles carpet the Chimney Tree Trail in Nelder Grove

Ferns fading away, with mossy log segments in front
   
The red trunks of a manzanita forest Late in the season, the bark peels off in curls Reeds add a bright spot to Chiquito Creek

The red trunks of a manzanita forest

Late in the season, the bark peels off in curls

Reeds add a bright spot to Chiquito Creek

"Tuck and roll" moss in Nelder Grove Even in fall, moss remains bright green The last of the black oak leaves
"Tuck and roll" moss in Nelder Grove Even in fall, moss remains bright green The last of the black oak leaves
      
Fascinating fungus in Nelder Grove A clump of grass and seed pods in a mountain creek Colorful leaves carpet the ground in Nelder Grove
Fascinating fungus in Nelder Grove A clump of grass and seed pods in a mountain creek Colorful leaves carpet the ground in Nelder Grove
  
Unique succulents like this are found in many Sierra Nevada mountain locations Blossoms appear late in the summer A rugged-looking fern
Unique succulents like this are found in many Sierra Nevada mountain locations Blossoms appear late in the summer A rugged-looking fern
     
Ancient mossy log and large ferns on the Lewis Creek Trail
   
Foothills (Sierra and Coast Mountains)
   
Wild Peach Seed pods Buckeye in fall
Yerba Santa, AKA Wild Peach Lace pods Buckeye in fall
  
Yellow & orange lichen; spring grass Thistle blossom Thistle ready to re-seed
Yellow & orange lichen; spring grass Thistle blossom Thistle ready to re-seed
  
Jennifer & the mullein from Star Trek Mullein seed head Spring grass seed heads, Sawmill Flat Camp above Pine Flat Reservoir, Fresno County CA
Jennifer & the mullein from Star Trek (J. Neely photo) Mullein seed head Spring grass at Sawmill Flat Camp above Pine Flat Reservoir, Fresno County CA
  
Soft & fuzzy grass in Mariposa County Wild cucumber Beautiful flowers, but their smell caused us to call this stinkweed
Soft & fuzzy grass in Mariposa County Wild cucumber Beautiful flowers, but their smell caused us to call this stinkweed
  
Gnarled but still-living Manzanita above Napa Valley Manzanita close-up Fall berries near Hensley Reservoir, Madera County
Gnarled but still-living Manzanita above Napa Valley Manzanita close-up Fall berries near Hensley Reservoir, Madera County
  
Yerba Sana is taking over this rarely used pavement Rural Madera County garden More gnarly manzanita
Yerba Santa is taking over this rarely used pavement Rural Madera County garden More gnarly manzanita
  
Buckeyes near Oakhurst CA Miner's lettuce near Hensley Lake Wild grass seed near Millerton Lake
Buckeyes near Oakhurst CA Miner's lettuce near Hensley Lake Wild grass seed near Millerton Lake
  
Buckeye near Millerton Remains of a manzanita killed in the fire Close up of the base
Buckeye near Millerton Remains of manzanita killed in 1981 fire at San Joaquin Gorge Close up of the base
  
Fremontia, also known as Flannel Bush Waves of wild grain Miner's lettuce after seed formation
Fremontia, also known as Flannel Bush Waves of wild grain

Miner's lettuce after seed formation

  
Don't be tempted to pick these pretty poison oak leaves Buckeye blossoms along Trimmer Road, Fresno County
Nature's artistry - South Fork, Merced River Don't be tempted to pick these pretty poison oak leaves Buckeye blossoms along Trimmer Road, Fresno County
  
Typical "candle" shape of buckeye A variety of buckwheat Jalapeños in the Neely garden, Summer, 2014

Typical "candle" shape of buckeye

A variety of buckwheat

Jalapeños in the Neely garden, Summer, 2014
  
The bones of a long dead bush Buckeye adds another color to the falll palette Lots of tall dead grass
The bones of a long dead bush

Buckeye adds some color to the fall palette

Lots of tall dead grass
  
New shoots of an elderberry bush Rare white shooting stars Poppies next to Pine Flat Lake

New shoots of an elderberry bush

Rare white shooting stars Poppies next to Pine Flat Lake
    
This rocky hill top is covered with flowers Dead plants have beauty too This spectacular flower is about four inches across

This rocky hill top is covered with flowers

Dead plants have beauty too

This spectacular 4-inch flower near Pine Flat Lake is known as Blazing Star

   
Redbud along the Merced River Canyon Redbud close-up Redbud and ponderosa pine

Redbud along the Merced River Canyon

Redbud close-up Redbud and ponderosa pine
  
Redbud in the Merced River canyon near the confluence with the South Fork
Redbud in the Merced River canyon near the confluence with the South Fork
   
Mushroom near Hensley Lake Lone lupine at Hensley Lake, February 2015 Popcorn flowers near Pine Flat
Mushroom near Hensley Lake

Lone lupine at Hensley Lake, February 2015

Popcorn flowers near Pine Flat
   
WIld oats going to seed near Pine Flat Reservoir Spring scene near Pine Flat As a kid I thought of these as miniature orange trees
Wild oats going to seed near Pine Flat Reservoir Spring scene near Pine Flat As a kid I thought of these as miniature orange trees
    
Another mutant mullein, near Oakhurst An ancient, upside-down tree stump Germinating buckeye seed

Another mutant mullein, near Oakhurst

An ancient, upside-down tree stump

Germinating buckeye seed
   
Lupines and fiddlenecks between Trimmer Springs Road and the Kings River A perfectly designed scene at Edison Point by Pine Flat Lake Leafless tree and poppies at Pine FLat Lake
Lupines and fiddlenecks between Trimmer Springs Road and the Kings River A perfectly designed scene at Edison Point by Pine Flat Lake Leafless tree and poppies at Pine Flat Lake
  
Poppies up close Along the Edison Point Trail at Pine Flat Blue Dicks, one of the most common flowers in the foothills
Poppies up close

Along the Edison Point Trail at Pine Flat

Blue Dicks, one of the most common flowers in the foothills
   
Filaree blossoms and seed pods Lupines and poppies on the steep side of the peak

Filaree blossoms and seed pods

Wind-blown bush lupine on Pincushion Peak 

Lupines and poppies on the steep side of the peak

   
A massive field of fiddlenecks near Dry Creek in Tulare County Another patchof poppies Poppies and fallen bull pine branch
A massive field of fiddlenecks near Dry Creek in Tulare County Another patch of poppies

Poppies and fallen bull pine branch

  
A fine example of miner's lettuce New leaf buds on buckeye bush An interesting orange mushroom
A fine example of miner's lettuce New leaf buds on buckeye bush An interesting orange mushroom
 
Nature's planter box Massive crop of Lace Pods, Spring 2016 Brilliant orange field of fiddlenecks
Nature's planter box Massive crop of Lace Pods, Spring 2016 Brilliant orange field of fiddlenecks
     
Wild cucumber seed pod Grass at Pine Flat Lake, Spring 2016 Strikingly beautiful mushrooms at the San Joaquin Gorge
Wild cucumber seed pod Grass at Pine Flat Lake, Spring 2016 Strikingly beautiful mushrooms at the San Joaquin Gorge
     
Succulent in the moss on a rocky bank near the San Joaquin Gorge bridge Old dead limbs and new green grass make a nice picture Dramatic dead manzanita on the San Joaquin River Trail
Succulent in the moss on a rocky bank near the San Joaquin Gorge bridge Old dead limbs and new green grass make a nice picture  Dramatic dead manzanita on the San Joaquin River Trail
   
Mushrooms on a rotting log Dried wild cucumber seed pods Dead plant stands out against the gray of Pine Flat Reservoir
Mushrooms on a rotting log0 Dried wild cucumber seed pods Dead plant stands out against the gray of Pine Flat Reservoir
    
Last year's tall grass, beaten down by heavy rainfall Dramatic old sycamore by Millerton Road The brilliant red of poison oak leaves makes you want to pick some

Last year's tall grass, beaten down by heavy rainfall

Dramatic old sycamore by Millerton Road in Fresno County 

The brilliant red of poison oak leaves makes you want to pick some
   
View into the San Joaquin River Gorge Redbud above the San Joaquin Along the Bridge Trail at the San Joaquin Gorge
View into the San Joaquin River Gorge Redbud above the San Joaquin Along the Bridge Trail at the San Joaquin Gorge
      

 

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