May 2015 at Alum Rock
May is a fine butterfly month at Alum Rock. One of my favorite trails to take then is the Sycamore switchback trail, which climbs a steep
slope on the southeastern part of the park.
The Buckeye trees are in bloom as well as the Blue Elderberrys.
There is a profusion of butterflies taking advantage of this, and it's wonderful to see.
This is a Western White butterfly on a buckeye inflorecence.
Checkerspot on a buckwheat. the buckwheat. Eriogonums are great pollinator plants. There are quite a few on the rocky outcrops half way up the trail.
Sarah Orange Tip on a Buckeye flower. (Aesculus californica)
Checkerspot on Golden Yarrow (Eriophyllum confertiflorum)
Spring in February at Alum Rock
FEB 20 2015: All the warm weather has created an early spring at Alum Rock Park.
Blue Witch is growing along
the side of the Parking lot 1/2 mile into the park
before the bridge.
Buttercup is growing
in many places but one
is along the trail,
near the bridge, 1/2 mile into the park.
Small Flowered Nemophila
grows along Penitensia creek
on the way to the south rim trail
Mild Maids is growing allong the creek
and in the shady parts of the SouthRim Trail
HIllside Star grows in the shaded parts
of the South Rim Trail
California Saxifrage Is growing on the
South Rim Trail in the shaded northern section