June 17, 2018
Field Observations
by Mary Wilson

Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve


This years poppy season is over. You might find a poppy plant now and then but the flowers are small and more yellow than orange. The Desert straw is starting to bloom and the Jimson weed still have their white trumpet flowers and are starting to form their seed pods.



Arthur B. Ripley Desert Woodland


The male cones have dispersed their pollen and the female trees have the green berries that are about 2 cm in diame-ter. The photo to the right is of a male Juniper that was covered in male cones this year but I noticed about six ber-ries among the male cones. The Juniper trees will change sex and one study found that 2 to 3% of Junipers will change sex every year.

The following article was written by Milt Stark. Unfortunately there is no name or date of the newspaper but was probably either the Ledger Gazette or the Antelope Valley Press. Milt had his own style of writing and I hope you enjoy the article as much as I did.


Miner’s Lettuce

JUNE 13, 2017

A DRIVE ON MUNZ RANCH ROAD


Sometimes when driving we miss some amazing flowers by just driving on. I got out of the car and found California buck-wheat, deer weed, elderberry, linear-leaf goldengbush, jimson weed, mustard, a poppy and prickly poppy all in bloom. Driving on I came across coyote melon, mesa phlox, mustard and chicory.deer weed prickly poppy coyote melon, mesa phlox and mustard chicory