Thursday, 7 July 2011


1200 square miles of the most amazing landscape I have ever seen. Go. At once!

Grizzly Giant, one of the oldest Sequioadendrons in Mariposa Grove -
likely to be more than 2,000 years old. Yup, really.
It's 64m tall  - that's more than 200ft!
Beautiful wind patterns made in this grass
A species of Lupin native to California
This luminous green lichen was absolutely everywhere
Me, in front of the Fallen Monarch which dropped more than 300 years ago.
Because Sequoias contain extremely high levels of tannin, they are resistant to decay.
Sarcodes sanguinea "Snow Plant"
Read about this amazing parastic plant here

Wednesday, 6 July 2011

San Fran street flora

Even street trees - usually the dullest of dull - are exciting when you're in a foreign country. I snapped loads of pics and got more than a few funny looks. Still...

Callistemon citrinus

Acacia baileyana 'Purpurea'. This delicate tree looks amazing
against this cream coloured house. In fact quite a few houses
seemed to colour coordinate with their street trees...
See what I mean?

Mystery trees... Never managed to identify.
Cute and slightly bonkers shoe planters on Alamo Square
Who plants a shoe? Honestly.