View Full Version : McClure's Beach at Point Reyes and Big Rock Ridge

Sandy S
05-24-2011, 08:42 AM
McClure's Beach at Point Reyes

5/23/11 It is about one mile walking down hill to get to the beach. It was windy and sunny so not the best weather for flower photography. There were whitecaps in the ocean from when we first arrived at the Beach. On the way home there were even whitecaps inland at Nicasio Reservoir. Native Wildflowers seen included Yellow Bush Lupine, Yarrow, California Blackberry, California Poppy, California Figwort, Cow Parsnip, Hedge Nettle, Bush Monkeyflower, Seep Spring Monkeyflower, Seaside Daisy, Clarkia, Morning Glory, Cream Cups, Fernleaf Phacelia, Sea Rocket, Lizard Tail, Pearly Everlasting and two interesting plantains at the beach, Coastal Largeleaf Plantain, and Pacific Seaside Plantain. Alien flowers included Mustard, Radish, Scarlet Pimpernel and a pinkish pea or vetch. Birds included Scrub Jay, Song Sparrow, Turkey Vulture, Raven, California Quail, Brown Pelican and Western Gull.

Big Rock Ridge on Lucas Valley Road

5/23/11 Flowers found in pullouts on Lucas Valley Road from Big Rock Ridge to about one mile west of Big Rock: Red Delphinium, Stonecrop, Hedge Nettle, Paintbrush, Alum Root, California Figwort, Cow Parsnip, Clarkia, Thimbleberry, Lupine, Bush Monkeyflower, Chinese house, California Poppy, Yarrow, Linanthus, White Iris, and Ithurielís Spear.

Flowers seen on the south side of the road at Big Rock Ridge (we did not go up the fire trail) included Tarweed, Ithurielís Spear, Tidytips, Muleís Ear and Yarrow. The Tidytips had some good-sized displays.

To see photos for both sites go to: http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2011/05/24/pt-reyes-mcclure-beach-and-big-rock-ridge-52311/ (McClure's Beach Point Reyes
To see photos for both sites go to: http://naturalhistorywanderings.com/2011/05/24/pt-reyes-mcclure-beach-and-big-rock-ridge-52311/)