Sebby & I had a lovely hike at Edgewood Park with my dad, who recently got the same camera I have (Canon 30D), and was excited to check out its macro capabilities on whatever spring wildflowers we could find. I’m only now getting to post this since I’m behind on editing photos.
We did the 4-mile loop described in Bay Area Hiker’s page on Edgewood Park, which we’d done previously in 2005. Wildflowers were in full bloom, and we saw a good number of species, although none new to me.
Among the highlights were large patches of Indian Warrior, quite a bit of Tidytips, and scattered Creamcups. A few Mission Bells were opening up in the shady parts of the hike, but they were the greenish variety, rather than the more striking purple-brown type.
All told, a lovely hike – there were a ton of people there, with parking overflowing from the lots to well along Edgewood Road. We encountered 2 groups of wildflower seekers, as well as a birding group and a group learning the natural history of the park. As we neared the car, a gopher played whack-a-mole, poking his head out for an instant, then upon seeing us, ducking back into his hole.
Edgewood Park is one of the gems of the peninsula in the spring, and this time provided me with the longest list of flowers so far this year. Although we weren’t really birding, there were few to be easily seen. Despite the aural presence of numerous songbirds, all we saw were Western Scrub-Jays, a few Dark-eyed Juncoes, and an accipiter overhead.
The wildflowers we saw were:
– Anagallis arvensis / Scarlet Pimpernel
– Camissonia ovata / Coast Sun Cup
– Castilleja sp. / Paintbrush
– Castilleja exserta / Common Owl’s Clover
– Cynoglossum grande / Hound’s Tongue
– Delphinium sp. / Royal? Larkspur
– Dodecathon hendersonii / Shooting Star
– Erodium botrys / Broadleaf Filaree
– Erodium cicutarium / Redstem Filaree
– Eschscholzia californica / California Poppy
– Fritillaria affinis / Mission Bels
– Iris douglasii / Douglas’ Iris
– Lasthenia californica / Goldfields
– Layia platyglossa / Tidy Tips
– Lithophragma affine / Woodland Star
– Lomatium dissectum / Fern-leaved Lomatium
– Lupinus sp. / Lupine (bushy)
– Lupinus miniatus / Miniature Lupine
– Marah fabaceous / California Manroot
– Mimulus gutatti / Sticky Monkeyflower
– Pedicularis densiflora / Indian Warrior
– Platystemon californicus / Creamcups
– Prunus emarginata? / Bitter Cherry?
– Ranunculus californicus / California Buttercup
– Sanicula bipinnatifida / Purple Sanicle
– Sanicula crassicaulis / Gambleweed
– Sisyrinchum bellum / Blue-eyed Grass
– Smilacina racemosa / Branched Solomon’s Seal
– Zigadenus fremontii / Fremont’s Death Camas
Distance: 3.79 miles
Climbing: ~500 feet.
Hiking time: 1h 37m
Stopped time: 30m